Sauze d'Oulx, Province of Torino, Piedmont
Sauze d'Oulx is located 83 kilometres far from Turin in the upper Susa Valley, in a strategic position on the Colle del Monginevro, and is an enchanting mountain village with small shops along narrow medieval alleys. In 1901 Swiss engineer Adolf Kind founded the Sci Club Torino here, and in 1936 the first ski lift was built. Today it is a famous summer and winter tourist resort with over 25 skilifts covering about 60 miles on the slopes of Monte Genevris (2,536 m, 8,320 ft).
- Altitude: 1510 m a.s.l
- Population: about 1,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 10050
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0122
- Patron Saint: St. Giovanni the Baptist, celebrated on 24th June
- Frazioni & Localities: Jouvenceaux, Sportinia, Les Clotes, Richardet, Tachier, Monfol
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The name of the town derives from the Latin word for willow, a very common tree in this part of Valle di Susa. The history of Sauze d'Oulx is connected to Oulx and the whole Val di Susa. It was a transit area for the legions of Julius Cesar and afterwards for the invading Goths and Longobards. During the Middle Ages it was ruled by the Dukes of Burgundy. But only the parish church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, dates from the 17th century, remains today of its medieval past. Around 1930, life in Sauze d' Oulx was still very poor, but in recent decades there took place an amazing development of skiing facilities, which changed the small town intio a winter sports paradise.
What to see
- The Parish church of San Giovanni Battista Built in 1532, has a wonderful with columns in carved wood framing a painting of Christ's baptism. The church also has a fine belltower in the Romanesque style.
- The Ancient Fountain was erected in the 16th century, located near the church of San Giovanni Battista.
- The Chapel of Sant'Antonio Abate, preserving inside a number of 15th century frescos representing stories of the saint's life, among them the most typical is with St. Antony with a piglet at his feet - the fat of this animal was used to cure poor people from many diseases.
- Sauze d'Oulx is one of the sites involved in the 2006 Winter Olympics Games, hosting at the Jouvenceaux site the Freestyle Skiing events.