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Courmayeur is historically known as a precious city. As a matter of fact, it was the location of a mine in ancient Roman times, where gold was extracted from quartz.
The current name, however, comes from the Middle Ages, where the presence of a church called Curia Maior, meaning the seat of a parish, over time turned into Courmayeur.
Today, the town is the perfect combination of tradition and nature, as evidenced by the fresh waters of the Dora Baltea river that flow across its streets, full of history to amaze yourself with.
The charm of the Alps has always conquered the heart of travellers, naturalists and sports enthusiasts, united by a thirst for knowledge, a taste for challenge and a new sense of beauty. This is how mountaineering was born, on the granite walls of Mont Blanc: epic pages in the history of this sport have been written in the endeavour to reach its peaks. But even when covered in snow, its slopes have attracted fans of another winter sport, skiing, which has found its ideal expression here.
Over time, the charm of the Alps conquered travellers, naturalists and sports enthusiasts, united by a thirst for knowledge, a taste for challenge and a new sense of beauty. This is how mountaineering was born, on the granite walls of Mont Blanc, and epic pages in the history of this sport have been written in the endeavour to conquer its peaks. Meanwhile, the snow-covered slopes have also attracted fans of another winter sport, skiing, who have found its ideal expression here.
This small village hidden between the mountains has become a famous and sought-after location, the snow queen located on the slopes of the Giant.
Opened in 1929, this museum holds documents, memorabilia and climbing equipment that tell the origins and evolution of mountaineering, a beloved sport that owes its birth to the challenges that this very territory has posed to humankind.
Having become an icon of the historic centre of Courmayeur, the church includes a bell tower whose exact construction period is unknown, surmounted by a later modified tiara-shaped pinnacle, presumably in memory of the popes’ residency in Avignon.
Each season, Courmayeur has a rich and diverse cultural, social and sports life, with events for every taste.
From skiing and mountaineering sporting events to those dedicated to newer and more extreme sports, Courmayeur has it all. From literary festivals to events that celebrate the flavours of the mountain, its products and traditions. All seasons offer unique opportunities for fun, knowledge, and thrill.
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