Aside from the skiers and serious hikers, many people think of Valle d’Aosta as “off the beaten path.” The town of Cogne is no exception.
An international center of cross country skiing, Cogne is little known outside the niche ski community who frequent the valley for skiing, hiking and biking.
Cogne is a typical mountain village with a permanent population of about 1,500. The town is the capital of Gran Paradiso, Italy’s oldest national park, named for one of the mountains it houses (the tallest completely on Italian soil). The park was created in 1922 when King Vittorio Emanuele II gave his hunting reserve to the Italian state. Today, it’s one of the most beautiful public parks world over; and Cogne is the gateway to its beauty.
This small mountain town boasts a world-class Relais & Chateaux property called Hotel Bellevue, which houses a one star Michelin restaurant called Le Petit Restaurant.