The towns origins lie on the right banks of the Dora at a height of 523 metres, and a tomb dating back to celtic times was found in the surrounding area.
Pontey owes its name to the Romans who called it “Ponticulus”, small bridge, probably because there was a construction of this kind but of which there is no trace nowadays.
The municipality is split into numerous villages at the foot of the Mount Barbeston.
The bell tower on the parish church of San Martino, with spire and double lancet in the bell chamber, dates back to around the 1400’s.
The architecture in some villages shows traces of ancient buildings and you can still see some “Rascard” (typical homes in wood built on a stone foundation). An old oven with opening in soapstone, probably taken from the millstone in a mill, is worth a mention.