what to see and what to do in “Borgo of the Valdigne vineyards and castles”

Morgex is a small village in Valdigne, where “the highest wine in Europe” is grown at an altitude of 1,200 m. Among the vineyards and beautiful castles, let’s discover together what to do and see in Morgex, a small town in the northwest Aosta Valley.

Visit Morgex (summer and winter): a travel guide

Toponym Morgex it is derived from the patois of the Aosta Valley and means “pile of stones” to denote the dry stone walls that divided the vineyards. Because it is an area with a strong wine tradition. DOWN Morgex It is home to the highest vineyards in Europe which, in the shadow of Mont Blanc, produce the famous DOC Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle wine.

But it’s also beautiful here landscape alpine made of huts, high sharp peaks, ski slopes, dense forests, pastures and mountain pastures with the village of Morgex at the bottom of the valley, cut by the clear waters of Dora Baltea.

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Morgex: attractions and interesting places

Morgex is small village where local traditions that are continued by the locals are still very strong and felt. The strong identity of the village can also be found in the still fairly developed wood craftsmanship, as well as in food and wine with working ancient stoves. And if all of this wasn’t enough, the Morgex also has a strong sporting vocation. You can do many sports and activities during one holidays: in summer, easy walks in the valley and exploring the cellars, alpine hiking trails, rafting, canoeing and kayaking in Dora Baltea. In winter, skis and snowshoes.

After these short messages, now let’s take a closer look what to do and see in Morgex, attractions and points of interest not to be missed for any reason.

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Tour de l’Archet Foundation and Natalino Sapegno – Morgex

Tour de l’Archet is a magnificent castle with a square and battlemented tower, built at the end of the 10th century, making it the oldest tower in the Aosta Valley. Rest lock consists of a square medieval building whose stone portal carries a double bow with an inverted keel. The building was built by the feudal lords de l’Archet.

Inside it is Foundation of the Center for Historical and Literary Studies Natalino Sapegno and Comic book bibliomuseo with thirty thousand copies from the Mafrica collection. The Natalino Sapegno Center conducts literary studies and research. The tower can be visited with a guide in the summer months, during Christmas and on the European Heritage Days.

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Church of Santa Maria Assunta and the Museum of Sacred Art – Morgex

Over there church of Santa Maria Assunta belongs to the oldest in the Aosta Valley. It stands on the remains of an early-Christian baptismal church from the 5th-6th centuries and is mentioned for the first time in the papal bull of Pope Alexander III in 1176. from 1559 and frescoes in the 15th-century chapel. Inside there is also a baroque altar.

The Museum of sacred art is located at the end of the left aisle and houses notable works of sacred art, such as the 15th-century silver reliquary chest, several processional crosses and items found in the tomb of Bl. William of Léaval, discovered in 1687 during the renovation of the church.

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Pascal de la Ruine Castle and Casaforte Bozel – Morgex

The Castle of Pascal de la Ruine is located in the village of La Ruine of the municipality of Morgex. It was built in 1450 by the notary Pascal de la Ruine, on a hill in relation to the city. This castle with Renaissance features consists of a complex of buildings, the oldest part of which is a tower-house with carved stone windows and architraves with an original arched motif.

Over there Bozel Fortress is a medieval fortress in the village of Villair di Morgex. Dating probably from the 13th century, its most spectacular architectural features are the stone window pillars and entrance doors that were formerly part of the defensive walls surrounding the building.

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Lakes and ski slopes – Morgex

In the village Arpy there is a beautiful lake of the same name, in the crystal waters of which Mont Blanc is reflected in the background. Surrounded by green forests, the lake is of glacial origin, sandwiched between Mount Charvet, Becca Pouegnenta and Mount Colmet. It can be reached via a 45-minute path that starts at Colle San Carlo.

In the winter Arpy it’s a place to practice cross-country skiing on two routes with a total length of 14 km, suitable for both beginners and experts. There is a snow park for children. The ski complex also has an approximately 3 km long hiking trail and three different lengths for snowshoeing. On the routes you will find information boards about the fauna and history of the Arpa mine.

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Colle San Carlo fortifications – Morgex

The fortifications of Colle San CarloIn the mid-thirties, the construction of one of the military strongholds was started, which could face the enemies coming from Little Bernardine. Destroyed or abandoned at the end of World War II, today there are remains of these fortifications that can be visited by exploring batteries and tunnels.

The first works of the cave fortifications can be reached in a short time path which starts in the parking lot of La Genzianella bar, along the road to Colle San Carlo. The Testa d’Arpy Battery is located on the Belvedere, from which the view stretches from Courmayeur to Mont Blanc and can be reached via the same path number 15 to Lake d’Arpy.

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Hiking and Walking – Morgex

Over there Marais Nature Reserve it is located between La Salle and Morgex and covers the stretch of Dora Baltea and its alluvial plain. It can be reached by road and then by the bike path behind the Morgex. It is a resting place for migratory birds, where mallards and cocoons nest. The half-hour promenade allows you to go around the Reserve.

between trails we pay attention toColle San Carlo ring which leads to Lake d’Arpy and Colle Croce. It is not a very demanding route that will take you to discover the wonderful views of the alpine landscapes in about 3 hours. Trail number 15 starts in front of La Genzianella bar. Upon reaching Lake Arpy, continue towards Lake Pietra Rossa. Behind the lake, take path 17, which climbs up Colle Croce. From here you will follow path number 16 which goes back to the starting point.

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