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Val d'Aosta: the spectacular Gressoney Saint-Jean and Lake Gover

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6058.JPGMy dear friends, welcome to My Own Italy, to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Our travel today is to Aosta Valley to discover an enchanting village at the bottom of Monte Rosa.

Let's go to Gressoney Saint-Jean.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6052.JPGLocated at the center of the valley, 1,385 meters high Gressoney Sain-Jean is a true gem of the italian Alps.

Located in a unique scenery due to its view on the Lyskamm glacier and on the impressive Monte Rosa massif which is reflected in the emerald green waters of the small and picturesque Lago Gover.

 

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Lake Gover is artificially formed and it is surrounded by pine and fir trees, beautifully positioned to admire the chain of  Monte Rosa.

 

 

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Immersed in the greenery of the woodland, in a panoramic locality called “Belvedere”, you will find Castle Savoia.

It was built during Queen Margherita’s reign in 1894 as her residence on her frequent holidays.

 

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Also in Gressoney Saint Jean , as for  Gressoney La Trinitè, the Walser architecture is the typical style for the woody houses.

 

 

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 Walser were people coming from Germany in the fourtheenth century.

They decided to live in the Lys Valley, and tried to maintain their ancient traditions.

 

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Gressoney Saint-Jean has a characteristic historic centre, where some of the Walser houses, which are perfectly preserved, are grouped together around the church of San Giovanni Battista.

Built in 1725 on a previous building dating from 1515, this church has an over-leaning roof and a beautiful bell-tower from the sixteenth century which opens with a mullioned window and crowned by a spire.

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 Visiting Gressoney Saint-Jean was for me an unforgettable  experience .

The scent of resin, the joy of flowers, the imposing Monte Rosa make this area an unmissable and unique gem.

Leisure me: this is my tourism!

 

 

 

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