The oldest Alpine gardens

Giardino alpino Chanousia

Named after Abbot Pierre Chanoux, it is a small jewel in the heart of La Thuile

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It is set in an alpine landscape of remarkable beauty, overlooking the spectacular Mont Blanc range

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From 1860 to 1909 the Piccolo San Bernardo hospice, then in Italian territory, was managed by the abbot Pierre Chanoux. The latter, passionate about botany, in 1880, created a small alpine garden in front of the hospice, whose inception was formalised in 1893 with a resolution of the municipality of La Thuile. The garden was called "Chanousia" in honor of its founder and came to host about 5000 species of alpine plants.

From 1860 to 1909 the Piccolo San Bernardo hospice, then in Italian territory, was managed by the abbot Pierre Chanoux. The latter, passionate about botany, in 1880, created a small alpine garden in front of the hospice, whose inception was formalised in 1893 with a resolution of the municipality of La Thuile. The garden was called "Chanousia" in honor of its founder and came to host about 5000 species of alpine plants.

Devastated by the fighting of the Second World War, at the end of which the Treaty of Paris assigned it to France, it remained abandoned until 1978, when it reopened on the initiative of the Societé de la flore valdôtaine.

Devastated by the fighting of the Second World War, at the end of which the Treaty of Paris assigned it to France, it remained abandoned until 1978, when it reopened on the initiative of the Societé de la flore valdôtaine.

Giardino alpino Chanousia

La Thuile
Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo
+39 342 8252189
info@chanousia.org

benvenuto a La Thuile

Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo