The name derives from "arvarium" (Arwa pine). It is a municipality located in the Valley of Baltea on the right side of the river mouth of Valgrisenche, opposite the glaciers of Doravidi and Becca di Tos. The municipal area extends from 707 meters of Mecosse to about 1600 of Planaval, comprising several districts including Leverogne, with its typical roofs made of stone chips, crowded with chimneys and numerous traces of medieval houses dating back to 1500. In the Summer Arvier is an ideal destination for those who love peace and hiking in the woods, green pastures and scenic trails. In Winter the village of Planaval offers the opportunity to practice in other Winter sports since it features a wonderful ski trail and a series of exciting ski and mountaineering routes. Arvier offers, not only culture, tranquility and excursions, but also an important gastronomic tradition and famous DOC labeled wines (like the famous Enfer),
The area seems to have already been inhabited in pre-Roman times. The Romans arrived in this area in the I century, defeated the local population and settled on land belonging to them. They built a large and important road, Via per le Gallie, and built here a "Mansio", a sort of hostel to allow travelers heading to the Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo to stop and rest. According to historical sources in the X century the area was witness of clashes with the invading Saracens and for this reason numerous fortresses and castles were built during this period in the surrounding districts. In 1792, during the war between Savoy and France, a strong part of the Savoy troops were soldiers of Arvier.
Not to miss:
The remains of the Castle dating from the end of 1200.
The Parish Church of St. Sulpice, with its Romanesque tower.
Rochefort's Chapel, built in the place where the castle of Thomas I of Savoy stood.
The fortified mansion in Planaval.
The Pilgrim's Hospice, founded in 1368, recognizable by a fresco of 1497, located on the façade, depicting the works of charity, in Leverogne.
The bridge of Roman origins with a single arch located just outside the village of Leverogne. It has retained, despite the numerous interventions of restoration, its original structure.
Photo By IZABELA & JACEK