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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, Dzerbio, Mesaney
 • Total15 km2 (6 sq mi)
525 m (1,722 ft)
 (1 January 2007)[3]
 • Total780
 • 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 Latin "ponticulus", meaning "little bridge".

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", French for big furnace, a blast furnace dating from the eighteenth century, while in Ussert are located the remains of the "foundry" Gervasone.



Pontey had a little increase of its population at the beginning of the 1980s.

Languages and dialects[edit]

As in the rest of the Aosta Valley, in Pontey too is spoken the Valdôtain dialect.

Infrastructure and transport[edit]

The elementary school.


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

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.

Bilingual road sign (Italian-French) in Lassolaz (chef-lieu).


The road network of the municipality is made up of the Regional Road 10 from east to west to the junction between the villages of Banchet and Valérod, located near the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Pontey is connected with neighboring municipalities through two bridges on the Doire baltée: on to the National Road 26 (TurinLa Thuile), and the other with Châtillon passing near the Châtillon railway station.


The Town Hall

It is part of the Mountain Community Monte Cervino.



  • 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]


  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)