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Aosta valley

It ins the most mountainous region of Italy, entirely surrounded by the best known, splendid peaks of the Alps: the Monte Bianco, the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa and the Gran Paradiso. The latter is at the center of a magnificent National Park, populated by beautiful specimens of ibex, chamois and eagle. Numerous glaciers feed a rich web of streams, which at the bottom of the respective valleys flow in the basin of the Dora Baltea. The distinctly Alpine character of this region can be seen in the pine forests, up to rather high altitudes, where they give place to large pasturelands. The small Alpine lakes, little jewels set in majestic mountain landscapes, are numerous. Thanks to the Monte Bianco’s and the Gran San Bernardo’s tunnels, the great historic passes are today important lines of communication.

 

 

Cities

Aosta is the capital of the region, which is ruled by a special statute, where the Italian and the French languages are officially recognized.
   
Art    
Important traces of the Roman Age can be found in Aosta: the city walls, the theater, Augustus’s Arch, the Pretorian Gate. Visitors can admire the Romanesque Cathedral, which dates back to the eleventh century. The Sant'Orso Church is a good example of medieval architecture. Many are the fortified castles in the Aosta Valley; moist of them are in perfect conditions and open to visitors; many have become museums of local history. The most famous are the castles of Fénis, of Aymavilles, of Issogne and Verrés.

 

  

To be visited    
The Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa, the Monte Bianco, which can be reached by the loftiest cableway in Europe; the beautiful National Park of Gran Paradiso; in winter, the numerous ski resorts. There are the typical villages with the quaint local houses (rascards). St. Vincent and its Casino offer a wide range of entertainment.

 



THE SKI REGIONS OF AOSTA VALLEY
Region Number of elevators Length of
skiing
trails (km)
Blue Red Black The
highest
point (m)
Drags Chairs Gondolas
Monterosa 9 14 9 180 45 118 17 2971
Breuil-Cervinia 24 4 15 148 41 98 9 3883
Courmayeur 4 8 9 100 34 54 12 2755
Espace San Bernardo 18 20 1 148 44 80 23 2650
Pila 3 8 4 53 9 40 4 2700