Gressoney Saint Jean
Gressoney Saint Jean has a wealth of tourist structures, services and activities
ideal for holidays in the mountains, culture, snow and skiing.
The town is picturesque and is characterized by typical local buildings, called stadel, rural constructions supported by short mushroom-shaped stone columns. In the centre, shops with local food specialities and boutiques will reward a shopping expedition. All around are tiny, historical Alpine villages to be visited in the Monterosa area.
The Walser are the population of German origin which left the Vallese during the 12th and 13th centuries and moved south to the Val di Gressoney. "Tisch", the Walser dialect spoken at Gressoney, is close to modern German. Certain customs survive and the inhabitants of Gressoney can often be admired in their splendid local costumes during local festivities.
Castello Savoia, built in the Belvedere area by King Umberto I for his wife, Queen Margherita, is now open to the public for artistic and cultural events and for the Botanical Garden.