Cogne is one of the most important tourist places in the valley: a large and green meadow surrounding the habitat, old mines converted into museums, the ibexes of the Gran Paradiso and the lace handicraft are its assets. The reconversion of this village from a mining centre (a fountain in the village evokes this past) into a setting for green tourism is a success: today visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities, including hiking, mountaineering, glacier climbing, downhill skiing, but above all cross-country skiing: Cogne is considered the "capital" of this sport in Valle d'Aosta. Narrow and deep between the high mountains starting from Aymavilles, the Cogne valley widens near the village, dividing into numerous side valleys that lead to as many massifs: On the right, the valleys of Bardoney and Valeille, but especially Valnontey are the gateways to the Gran Paradiso Park; on the left, the Grauson valley rises wildly towards Mont Emilius; while straight ahead, the Urtier valley is a long stretch of mountain pastures as far as the Fenêtre de Champorcher, which overlooks the Mont Avic Park. The commune contains six major hamlets: Epinel and Cretaz before the capital in the direction of Aosta, Valnontey in the splendid homonymous valley, Lillaz and Champlong at the confluence of the combes of Valeille and Urtier, and Gimillan on the sunny heights of the main village; the inhabitants speak a Franco-Provençal patois similar to that of the Piedmontese valleys. The mountain slopes, covered by an unusual combination of larch and fir trees, are particularly scenic in autumn, when they assume a half-green, half-orange hue.

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