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Comune di Pontey
Commune de Pontey
Location of Pontey
Pontey is located in Italy
Location of Pontey in Italy
Pontey is located in Aosta Valley
Pontey (Aosta Valley)
Coordinates: 45°44′N 7°35′E / 45.733°N 7.583°E / 45.733; 7.583Coordinates: 45°44′N 7°35′E / 45.733°N 7.583°E / 45.733; 7.583
RegionAosta Valley
FrazioniClapey, Cloutraz, Crétaz, Crétaz-Boson, Épiney, La Bovaye, Lassolaz (chef-lieu), Lézin, Prélaz, Prolex, Semon, Torin, Tzésanouva, Valérod, Zerbio, Mesaney
 • Total15.75 km2 (6.08 sq mi)
523 m (1,716 ft)
 • Total815
 • Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0166
ISTAT code7051
Patron saintMartin of Tours
Saint day11 November
WebsiteOfficial website

Pontey (Valdôtain: Pounté) is a town and comune in the Aosta Valley region of north-western Italy.

Pontey is located on the right bank (envers) of the Doire baltée, the main river in the Aosta Valley, about 24 kilometers east of the regional capital Aosta.



The town is located at an altitude of 1722 ft (525 meters) above sea level, bordered by the towns of Chambave, Saint-Denis, Châtillon and Champdepraz and culminates with the top of the reaches Mont Ruvic in 9587 ft (2922 meters)
In the municipal area there are three streams called Molinaz, Eau-Noire (or Éve Née in Valdôtain patois, which means "Black Water") and Vau.


The location of the village on the right bank of the central valley (to envers) means that it is subject to a microclimate very different countries sites on the left bank.

Indeed, winter mountains in which the country is leaning maintain overshadow the country for 2 months from November 20 to January 30, for this reason the temperatures drop in a much more decisive and touch the 14 °F (−10 °C) during the day, with peaks at night in exceptional years of −22 °F (−30 °C).

During the summer because of its location enjoys greater solar illumination compared to neighboring towns, and because of that the calculation of hours of sunshine throughout the year is substantially equal.

The country is located in climate zone E (2971 Celsius Degrees Day) but under the regional contributions for heating all the municipalities of Aosta Valley are valued as climate zone F.


During the Fascist period, Pontey was merged to the municipality of Châtillon, at the time called Castiglione Dora, due to the Italianization programme.
Later, the town was restored in 1946.

Origin of the name[edit]

The name probably derives from "ponticulus" name given by Romans during the period of their employment.

Monuments and places of interest[edit]

Religious Architecture[edit]

References to the church are in a papal of 1176 of Pope Alexander III, which is part of the community Diocese of Aosta.

On the territory there are three church buildings: the parish church dedicated to St. Martin of Tours and dated around 1400, the Chapel of the Holy Cross (formerly dedicated to St. Roch, located in the hamlet Banchet) and the chapel of Sorrows (Torin hamlet).

Civil architectures[edit]

In Plan-Coca are the remains of industrial archeology "Le Grand Fourneau", a blast furnace a square dating from the eighteenth century, while in places Ussert are the remains of the "foundry" Gervasone .

Archaeological Sites[edit]

Worth seeing are the remains of a tomb in the village Proley barbaric, and the remains of mills soapstone who are in town Valmeriana.



Pontey had a small population boom at the beginning of the 1980s, with the transfer of many people from neighboring municipalities so that a little less than 500 inhabitants in 1981 has arrived today to more than 800 inhabitants.

Languages and dialects[edit]

As in much of the region, also in this municipality is spoken the Valdôtain dialect.



  • Famous around the festival held in mid-August called the Wild Boar Festival which takes place in the sports area situated in the Mesaney, which began in 2000.
  • Other important anniversaries for the country are the patron Saint Martin and the carnival, which is burned during the snowman Ferpafrapa.


On the territory operates a POL Amateur that works to promote courses Mountain Bike, excursions and cultural activities, and the Pro Loco.


The town has a number of accommodation and other local as well as a grocery store.

Since the time of the Romans, on the slopes of Mount Barbeston continued mining of millstones mill obtained from local stone, in rock eclogite ocean (cloritoscisti to garnet and chloritoid), millstones that were exported for centuries even outside the Valle d'Aosta in the Mineralogical Museum of the University of Bologna, for example, it retains a millstone probably from the Aosta Valley found along the via Emilia near Bicester in levels of excavation dating to 'Iron Age. Near Alpe Valmeriana, in the woods and in small caves, numerous fragments of millstones are scattered on the ground and some errant boulders are carved or engraved bear millstones only sketched.

In the municipal area, there are still some quarries in business, and two hydroelectric plants have been installed, comprising two groups of one megawatt.

In the past, local fountains were used to marinate the hemp (in French, for the ruissage du chanvre ), while on the slopes was cultivated the vine a pergola especially the indigenous grape Prié.

5 restaurants / taverns active in the municipality offers a track for Go-Kart.

There are 2 accommodations a hotel-like (1 star) and a type B & B.

The territory is on a non-radioactive hazardous waste landfill operated by the same company that runs the regional landfill L'Île blonde, Brissogne.

Also operates a company that deals with distribution of LPG for heating.

Infrastructure and transport[edit]

The elementary school.


The municipality has access to a primary school dedicated to Jean-André Arbenson and a childhood dedicated to father Laurent-Samuel Henriod.

Social Services[edit]

In Pontey a micro-community is available for seniors, dedicated to users of the Unité des communes valdôtaines du Mont Cervin.[4]

Sports Infrastructure[edit]

The town has a sports area multipurpose open on 3 May 2010, for the practice of Football 5, volleyball and tennis. In the municipal area is also a climbing wall.

road sign bilingual (Italian-French) to Lassolaz (capital).


The road network of the town is made up of the Regional Road 10 (SR10) that allows the crossing of the town from east to west to the junction between the villages of Banchet and Valérod, located at the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Several local roads and facilitate internal communication.

The town is connected with neighboring municipalities through two bridges on the Baltea along the SR10: one connects it with the SS26 (TurinLa Thuile), and the other with the town of Châtillon passing near the railway Station Châtillon .

Along the road that leads to the resort Lézin Crétaz-Boson (along the Baltea) can still see the old bridge no longer passable, even on foot, but still distinctive.

How to reach Pontey[edit]

Pontey is accessible via the SS26, taking the junction for the regional road 10, or from the town of Châtillon, going down rue de the races and going straight after the detour to Ussel.

Urban Mobility[edit]

The town is also served by a bus service operated by the company SAVDA.

Is not this the railway although it is easy to reach the nearby town of Châtillon.


The Town Hall

It is part of the Mountain Community Monte Cervino.


In this common to play palet (this is the municipal association), characteristic sports traditional valdostano. At least once a year competitions are held cyclocross and the preliminaries of the batailles de Reines.



  • Fausta Baudin, Omar Borettaz, Rosella Obert, Pontey: storia e immagini di una comunità, Aosta: Tipografia valdostana, 2002
  • Damien Daudry, Segnalazione e documentazione fotografica del villaggio protostorico della Cime Noire, in Bulletin d'études préhistoriques et archéologiques alpines, fascicolo 16, 2005, pp. 157–176
  • Mario Catalano, Santuario astronomico delle ruote cosmiche in Val Mariana, 2002
  • Pierre Daudry, A proposito di pietre solari e di una strada lastricata sulle alture di Pontey, in Bulletin d'études préhistoriques alpines, fascicolo 2, 1969/1970, pp. 183–188

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Tappa Precedente
Itinerario di Sigerico
Via Francigena
Tappa Successiva
verso Canterbury
Mansio XLVEveri
Mansio XLVIPublei
Mansio XLVIIAgusta


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  4. ^ Unité des communes valdôtaines du Mont Cervin