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Discovering Etroubles in Aosta Valley

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Etroubles is a small village in the Valley of the Great St. Bernard, located at an altitude of 1270 meters and listed among the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy.

Etroubles is an open-air museum.

Walking along the streets of the village, one encounters statues depicting wayfarers along the Via Francigena and can turn one’s eyes to the houses whose walls are frescoed in memory of Napoleon’s passage.

Also, next to the village’s largest bar, you can find some children’s games and a nice barbecue spot where you can grill with your family.

Below is a list of things you can also do in Etroubles with children in tow.

Discovering Etroubles: what to see and what to do

What to see in Etroubles

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Strolling through the village – Cobblestone streets and small houses made of local stone with slab roofs and flowers on the balconies.

You will feel like you are entering a fairy tale!

Ethnographic Museum – In the Tour de la Vachère, an ancient medieval tower that in the 1800s served as the first turnaria dairy in the Aosta Valley, today the Ethnographic Museum dedicated to fontina, butter and seras cheese is housed.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta – 19th-century parish church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, which houses a small museum of liturgical artifacts from the 15th century.

In Eternod, a hamlet of Etroubles, there is the last of the ancient ovens once used for baking black bread, typical of this area of the Aosta Valley.

More things to do in Etroubles

Life Path: easy walk from Etroubles to Saint-Oyen

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From Etroubles, a walk suitable also for strollers begins, which follows the Percorso Vita along the river.

You leave your car at the parking lot located after the covered bridge and take the flat dirt road that in half an hour leads to Saint-Oyen, near a nice playground and bar.

Along the walk you will encounter the installations of the Percorso Vita, suitable for older children, and a nice picnic area with restrooms.

If you wish, you can continue toward the village of Saint-Oyen following a piece of the Ancient Via Francigena route and return to Etroubles with a loop trail, but in this case the path is not suitable for strollers.

Events in Etroubles

In August you can find the “La Veillà”. This is an event that revives old crafts such as threshing wheat or raising sheep, accompanied by traditional music, local wines and dishes from Valle d’Aosta cuisine.

In July, on the other hand, you can find the “Bataille des Reines”: every two years, cows of the dappled black breed compete for the title of cow queen, by the blows of horns.

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Where to eat in Etroubles

Restaurant La Croix Blanche – Historic restaurant along the Via Francigena where you can enjoy traditional Aosta Valley dishes.

It also has a beautiful terrace where they set up tables in fine weather. Choice a la carte or tourist menu for 25 euros.

Where to sleep in Etroubles

Affittacamere l’Abri – is an old farmhouse converted into a Bed&Breakfast, surrounded by nature and particularly suitable for families with children.

It features family rooms with very good breakfast. Crib on request at an additional cost. Book here.

Continue reading:

1. Most beautiful walks in the Aosta Valley

2. Fènis Castle

3. What to see in Introd

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