La Thuile, Aosta Valley

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La Thuile
Comune di La Thuile
Commune de La Thuile
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Location of La Thuile
La Thuile, Aosta Valley
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La Thuile
Location of La Thuile in Italy
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La Thuile
La Thuile (Aosta Valley)
Coordinates: 45°42′N6°57′E / 45.700°N 6.950°E / 45.700; 6.950 Coordinates: 45°42′N6°57′E / 45.700°N 6.950°E / 45.700; 6.950
Country Italy
Region Aosta Valley
Province none
Frazioni Buic, Thovex, Moulin, Villaret, Bathieu, Entrèves, Petite Golette, Grande Golette, Pont Serrand, Arly, Les Granges, La Joux, Pierre-carrée, Preyllon, Les Suches, Petit-Saint-Bernard, Petosan, Faubourg, Preylet
Area
[1]
  Total125 km2 (48 sq mi)
Elevation
1,450 m (4,760 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2010) [2]
  Total795 [3]
Demonym(s) Thuileins
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
11016
Dialing code 0165
Patron saint Saint Nicholas
Saint day9 May

La Thuile (Valdôtain: La Tchouiille [4] ) is a town and comune in the Aosta Valley of northwest Italy.

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Geography

Dent du Geant and Grandes Jorasses seen from Petosan Dente del Gigante e Grandes Jorasses da Petosan.jpg
Dent du Géant and Grandes Jorasses seen from Petosan

La Thuile is located in the Alps at the extreme north-west of the country, close to the French alpine town of La Rosière. The town is crossed by the road going from Pré-Saint-Didier in the north-west up to the Little St Bernard Pass in the south-east linking Italy to Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Isère Valley in France.

Economy

Coal mining (anthracite) was important in the area before World War II, many diggings and old mining structures can be seen around the village. Nowadays, La Thuile depends on tourism, in winter as one of the main Italian Alpine ski resorts linked with La Rosière, as well as in summer (hiking).

Events

La Thuile has been the venue for several major annual international winter conferences: "Les Rencontres de Physique de la Vallée d'Aoste" organized by Italy's Institute of Nuclear Physics, and "Rencontres de Moriond" organized by the French National institute of nuclear and particle physics (IN2P3).

In February 2016 the slopes of La Thuile hosted, for the first time in history, three competitions (two downhill and one super G) valid for the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup female. In 2020, the female worldcup returned to the 3 Franco Berthod on Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March 2020, respectively with the downhill and the super-G, but the latter was cancelled due to bad weather.

Enduro World series visited La Thuile in 2014 and will host round 4 of the Enduro World Series in 2016.

Transportation

Public transportation includes regular buses connecting La Thuile to Pré-Saint-Didier, the latter has a railway station connected to the Italian railway network via Aosta. One of the closest airports is Geneva International Airport approximately 120 km (75 mi) away.

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Panoramic view of La Thuile

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

La Thuile is twinned with:

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References

  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. Dato Istat (in Italian) - Population as of 31 December 2010.
  4. Lo gnalei - Guichet linguistique de la Vallée d'Aoste