A stone’s throw from Italy

By foot along the hiking trails, by car, bus or train, Italy is really close by! During your stay in Haute Maurienne Vanoise, take the time to visit Susa, Bardonecchia or even Turin, which is not so far away!

Like an air of… Dolce vita

A quick craving for Italian architectural and gastronomic refinement? Take the 13.6 km Fréjus road tunnel (for a fee) between Modane and Bardonecchia and in less than an hour and a half you will reach the capital of Piedmont : Torino.

However, we advise you to take the D1006 road from Val Cenis Lanslebourg (France), cross the plateau of Mont-Cenis and take the road once laid out by Napoleon to join our neighbours in Piedmont as far as Susa (Italy).

At an altitude of 1,974 m and at the halfway point, you will be facing the sixth largest artificial water reservoir in France: the Mont Cenis Lake.

Stop for a moment and let yourself be charmed by the few vestiges of the end of the 19th century: the fort de Ronce perched at an altitude of 2,286 m, and no doubt you will never cease to be amazed by the majestic panorama before your eyes.

Continuing on, you will undoubtedly notice the pyramid-shaped chapel built by EDF in 1968 and erected in place of the disappearance of the priory of the sunken village of Grand-Croix located at the foot of the dam.

A few more laces and you’re already there.

No, you’re not dreaming! In less than 50 minutes and 41 km, Italy has never seemed so close!

For the more sporty, don’t hesitate to take one of the many hiking trails once used by shepherds and other peddlers to reach our Piedmontese neighbours.

Haute Maurienne

Border zone


Our neighbours and friends

The exchanges with our Italian neighbours have always been an opportunity for intense and warm moments, we are all mountain people at heart and we all enjoy sharing a mass at the top of Rochemelon or meeting at the Susa market on Tuesday morning!

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