In the small unspoilt valley of Valnontey you will find a rugged Alpine spirit. In fact the village lies at the very foot of the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, Italy’s foremost and oldest national Park. Created from the hunting estates of the royal house of Savoy, it is the habitat of the only surviving species of wild ibex, that is now almost extinct in the rest of Europe. Valnontey offers intact scenery with glimpses of rare flowers of the botanical Garden Paradisia and the rare wildlife, as chamois, golden eagles and marmots.
Excursions: the National Park of the Gran Paradiso offers an innumerable variety of walks and hikes, you can simply follow the bottom of the valley or one of the old royal mule tracks, reach the pastures and the mountain lakes, or go to the discovery of the « High Ways» for a true trekking.
Mountain bike: in summer, the cross-country skiing tracks transform into never-ending cycle routes. Besides you will be able to take advantage of the hiring directly from the Hôtel La Barme.
Horse riding: Mr Pianta can accompany you and your family for a ride along the river where you maybe lucky enough to glimpse chamois and squirrels. For the young ones there are also shorter pony treks.
Free climbing: five well equipped rock-climbing walls for any levels and difficulties.
Mountaineering: the Gran Paradiso massif boasts summits of more than 4000m and the majestic Grivola allows you to follow in the tracks of the pioneers of alpinism.
Fishing: the Urtier and Grand Eyvia rivers offer exciting fresh water fishing or the quieter location of lake Lillaz with its wild backdrop.
For the children: in Cogne, there is a crèche for the children which is brightly coloured and well equipped with games and toys. And for the older children there are outdoor playgrounds organised by the different villages of the commune.
Sport centres and wellness: the Hotel la Barme proposes a Jacuzzi, the Finnish sauna as well as a service of massages. Cogne and the surrounding areas offer various activities such as soccer, tennis, boule courts, a gym, hotel swimming pools , mini-golf and table tennis.