Ristorante La Croix Blanche
This inn has been in existence for nearly four centuries. The path of the travelers going to Switzerland through the via Francigena, crossed the back of the building. People came by foot or on mule or horse bailey until 1800, when the Napoleonic army engineers began the new road of the Gran San Bernardo Pass. With the advent of the stage coach, the inn was enlarged to house stall for horses and catrieges. The first tourist who came from abroad to discover the Aosta Valley stopped here. Napoleon’s officers slept here whereas the groups camped in the nearby fields, which are still called “Prés des Francais” (fields of the French). Nowadays, the bar and the restaurant are set in the old stagecoach area, in the dinning-room many bottles of wine are kept on an old farm-cart in the middle of the room. A charcoal grill is used to cook the various meats and next to it thick slabs of the local stone are used to grill the vegetables. At the bar, you can enjoy snacks of the ever-present local cheeses, dry meat and the local raw ham of Bosses. Right before you come in, weather permitting, you can enjoy a large terrace with bar and restaurant facilities. The lower floor, which was the typical farm shed became a discotheque in the 60’s and was called by its old name “La Remisa”.
In one of the Italian most beautiful towns, Maison Bertin is born thanks to an intuition of Mr. Corrado Bertin, the last descendant of the family, well known in the hospitality industry in centuries.
The small village of Étroubles is located at about 1270 meters above sea level, in the splendid alpine setting of the Gran San Bernardo Valley, in which it has always played the role of a small capital. It is a characteristic medieval Valdostano village, composed of typical stone houses with lose roofs, fountains, churches and old cobbled streets. Worth seeing is the Parish Church, dedicated to San Pantaleone. Étroubles is an unmissable stop along the historic Via Francigena, which led from Canterbury to Rome.