Courmayeur went from being a small mountain village to tourist resort around1680, after a famous naturalist called the Duke of Aosta’s attention to the curative properties of its spring waters. From 1860 onwards, members of the royal court of Turin started coming to the springs of Courmayeur.
As stories of many cures spread, Courmayeur Mont Blanc became one of the foremost holiday destiations in Valle d’Aosta and for almost half a century the Spas were all the rage with the Piedmontese and Savoy aristocracy.
The Fonte Vittoria bursts forth in great abundance from numerous springs in a grotto next to the Chécrouit torrent above the village of Dolonne; the sulphur- and sodium-rich mineral water of La Saxe was used for therapeutic purposes from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
The various Courmayeur Mont Blanc spring waters are bottled and sold throughout the world, from Japan to France.