Saint-Nicolas is a village which lies at an altitude of 1200 metres some 16 kilometres away from Aosta on a flat area overlooking the Central valley.
Due to its advantageous position, the area was first inhabited by the Salassi. During the Middle Ages it formed part of the Seigneurie of Saint-Pierre.
In 1826 Saint-Nicolas was the birthplace of Abbot Jean-Baptiste Cerlogne, a famous scholar of the patois of the Aosta Valley; he set out the rules in an original grammar book and produced a dictionary.
Saint-Nicolas boasts a remarkably scenic position on the mountains of the Gran Paradiso massif. It is a holiday resort with hotels and restaurants, as well as being the site of the Cerlogne Museum and the Centre d'Etudes Franco-Provençales. Saint-Nicolas offers skiers a wonderful illuminated 7.5-kilometre cross-country track. The village of Vens is the starting point for a number of classic alpine skiing trips and cross-country routes.