|Comune di Pontey
Commune de Pontey
|Frazioni||Clapey, Cloutraz, Crétaz, Crétaz-Boson, Épiney, La Bovaye, Lassolaz (chef-lieu), Lézin, Prélaz, Prolex, Semon, Torin, Tzésanouva, Valérod, Zerbio, Mesaney|
|• Total||15 km2 (6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||523 m (1,716 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2007)|
|• Density||52/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Martin of Tours|
|Saint day||11 November|
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Origin of the name
- 4 Monuments and places of interest
- 5 Company
- 6 Culture
- 7 Economy
- 8 Infrastructure and transport
- 9 Administration
- 10 Sports
- 11 Note
- 12 Bibliography
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
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
The name probably derives from "ponticulus" name given by Romans during the period of their employment.
Monuments and places of interest
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).
The parish church of St. Martin of Tours
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 .
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
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.
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
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 (Turin – La 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
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.
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.
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- 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
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