After a few kilometers from the Chatillon Saint Vincent toll booth, accessing the narrow and arduous conoid created by the secular erosion of the Marmore stream which shows itself hither and thither, a wide flat plain opens itself where the best panorama of Valtournenche appears: Antey Saint André. This village finds itself in a bright plain in one of the most important valley of the Aosta Valley region, in the past was the easiest access to Zermatt on foot or with the mule through the St. Theodule pass.
It is from Antey Saint André that you have the first spectacular sight of Matterhorn which appears at the top of the valley clearly outlined on the sky, a vision that attracts and exhorts everybody to stop to admire. The well-known writer Guido Rey writes: “It’s a never ending feeling, intense, even for those who have experienced it twenty times; it’s a prodigious plot twist and everybody remains astonished as the first time you see the sea”.
Thanks to this privileged and flat position surrounded by the mountains, its temperate climate and its modest altitude, Antey Saint André is popular all along the year among the families with children and old people. The easy connection with the Mont Blanc motorway which cross the Aosta Valley and its proximity to the most important ski station of the region (Cervinia-Valtournenche-Zermatt, Chamois and Torgnon) besides its strategic position, make of Antey Saint André an attractive destination for the younger too who meet the welcoming and kindness of the citizens, the quality of the services and the calmness of the location, besides numerous sports in a background much cheaper than the bigger touristic centers.
In the past Antey has been a medieval feudal center, in fact it had a castle and a tower today still recognizable in the parish building and in the beautiful ancient hamlet of the XIV century, placed a little above the main road and the business area. Here in the past the transalpine mule track found itself and, between ancient buildings and modern houses, the Romanesque bell tower of the Saint Andreas parish church stands out. Turning the look towards the right side of the valley, you can admire the arches of a XV century aqueduct called Ru de Marseiller, it deals with strong arches built upon the rocks which awaken everybody astonishment because of the building complexity.
Today Antey Saint André offers to its clients numerous activities to do, like promenades and cycling, switching between easy and accessible to elderly man and disabled persons tracks and more challenging for trekking lovers who apply themselves in important sports competitions.
Its wide plain allow people to do some excursions with the bike or on foot during summer season and some cross country skiing during winter season. A modern sports center in the Lillaz area offers a football pitch, an artificial climbing gym, a zip-line adventure with many itinerary in the woods both for children and adults, a riding school or simple walks with the horse, a tennis court, bowls court and during summer an outdoor swimming pool. Further, there is the possibility to do some rafting in the Marmore stream and assisted flight with paraglider.
For those who are not so adventurous it is possible to do some reading or explore the characteristic library of the ancient hamlet or simply enjoy the nature and the alpine landscape with the wonderful background of Matterhorn, breathe the restoring mountain air, purifying oneself with the fresh water of the source and taste some typical food in the typical farms or numerous restaurants and agritourism.