A village in the Pila ski area in the Aosta Valley
Near Aosta, on the banks of the Dora Baltea river, Gressan is a village inhabited since Roman times. Some religious buildings and towers still stand from the Middle Ages, when it was an important centre. Today, its hamlet Pila is among the Aosta Valley’s most renowned ski resorts.
You can visit the Romanesque-style church of Sainte Marie-Madeleine de Villa, full of frescoes inside and out and surrounded by orchards. Higher up is the Tour de Villa castle, a short walk from the Torre de la Plantaz tower. Maison Gargantua is an old residence near the Côte de Gargantua nature reserve that houses an ethnographic museum on local culture.
In winter in Pila, you can enjoy downhill skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding or dog sledding, or ride a fatbike over the snow at the foot of the Gran Paradiso National Park. The rest of the year, you can go hiking or cycling. The most beautiful route to explore on two wheels is the Sarre-Fénis cycle path.
We also recommend walking or cycling around the Côte de Gargantua reserve to admire the “Giant’s Little Finger”, a rocky outcrop of glacial origin. From the village of Gressan, you can walk to the hermitage of San Grato.