Sauze d'Oulx

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Sauze Oulx
Comune di Sauze d'Oulx
Sauze d'Oulx panorama.JPG
Sauze Oulx is located in Italy
Sauze Oulx
Sauze Oulx
Location of Sauze Oulx in Italy
Coordinates: 45°1′N 6°51′E / 45.017°N 6.850°E / 45.017; 6.850
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Metropolitan city Turin (TO)
Frazioni Jouvenceaux, Les Clotes, Monfol, Richardet, Sportinia, Tachier
 • Mayor Mauro Meneguzzi
 • Total 17.31 km2 (6.68 sq mi)
Elevation 1,510 m (4,950 ft)
Population (30 September 2015)[1]
 • Total 1,108
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Salicese(i)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 10050
Dialing code 0122
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day 24 June
Website Official website

Sauze d'Oulx is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont (northern Italy) located 80 kilometres from Turin in the Val di Susa, at the foot of Monte Genevris (2,536 m).

It was the site of the freestyle skiing events of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Together with the villages of Pragelato, Sestriere, Claviere, Cesana Torinese, San Sicario and Montgenèvre, in France, it makes up the Via Lattea (Milky Way) skiing area.

Since the beginning of the 19th century, Sauze d'Oulx has been a destination for the Turin aristocracy, with its famous winter resort Sportinia and is still a skiing favourite because of its natural and accessible location.


Chapel of Sant'Antonio abate in Jouvenceaux

Archaeological findings have proved the presence of Celtic settlements in the pre-Roman age. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, in the Middle Ages it was owned by the Novalesa Abbey and then by the prevosts of Oulx. From 1000, it was part of the Dauphiné and then of the Escartons Republic (until 1343); with the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) France gave it to the House of Savoy; in 1747 its territory was the seat of the Battle of Assietta between France and Savoy's Kingdom of Sardinia.

During the Fascist Era, in 1928, its name was changed to Salice d'Ulzio, being foreigner words forbidden, according to a wrong etymological interpretation of "Sauze" as "salice" (Italian for willow). After World War II, the town became an autonomous comune and the previous name was restored.


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.