A community on the border with France, an alpine culture with deep roots extending also beyond the actual boundary line. Natural transit route towards France, the Rhone Plain and Europe, crossed from Prehistory to 19th century by armies, pilgrims, travellers, artists and merchants, Bardonecchia has seen all the History crossing its roads and passes, easy or difficult, that go over its mountains.
Then steam locomotives crossed the Alps ( in 1871 the inauguration of the railway tunnel of Frejus) creating a secure and comfortable connection between city and mountain. Today, a modern motorway and an international railway make Bardonecchia one of the most accessible tourist mountain resorts of the Alps.
In the Old Village the two clock towers of the huge S. Ippolito Church stand out: in the same square, the Civic Museum, an exhibition of the objects of the old rural and mountain tradition. In the hamlets around Bardonecchia you can discover a natural beauty connected with history. Going around from village to village, you can admire the medieval frescoes of Notre Dame du Coignet at Les Arnauds or those of S. Sisto at Melezet – Pian del Colle, the typical wood-carving works in the Church of Melezet, the Museum of sacred Art in the Chapel of Carmine at Melezet, the old mountain huts at Rochemolles and its secular church. The Melezet school of wood carving continues to use the ancient techniques of processing and decorating wood.