Welcome to nature: Valle D’Aosta!
We begin a journey to discover the most mountainous and smallest region of Italy the Valle D’Aosta with a surface area of 3,263 square kilometres, where wild nature smiles and is free to express itself in all its splendor which, together with the pure air, blend with the culture and millennial history.
The territory borders to the north with Switzerland, to the west with France (department of Haute-Savoie and Savoie, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region), to the south and east with Piedmont.
Valle D’Aosta is also positioned in the middle of the Alps, which are divided into the sectors of the Graian Alps and the Pennine Alps.
It also boasts of being surrounded by the four highest mountain massifs in Italy: Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in Europe), Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso.
You are surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, with breathtaking views everywhere you look. A true daydream!
I hope I have whetted your desire to plan a mountain holiday or a romantic getaway in the Aosta Valley. Start planning your next Aosta Valley adventure and we at Amami Viaggi will take care of organizing your adventure.
Before starting, let me tell you a secret: the Aosta Valley is a real hidden treasure. Do not you believe it?
Let’s find out together.
Valle D’Aosta is an alpine jewel that offers many opportunities such as skiing in Cervinia, mountain excursions, medieval castles in this winter period.
Small yes, but full of things to do and see that will satisfy you so much and give you the right energy to then return to “real” life.
History and Culture
A region that has great historical and cultural importance.
In fact, one can find numerous medieval castles and fortifications which bear witness to the strategic importance; the trade routes between Italy and France. Among the most famous, we mention the castle of Fénis, the Savoy castle.
Fènis castle: one of the most famous medieval manors
It was built for war and protection purposes, it stands on a slight hillock.
The castle of Fénis was the prestigious seat of the major exponents of the Challant family, who endowed it with the imposing defensive apparatus, in addition to the elegant pictorial decorations, symbols of power and prestige.
The Savoy castle: remember the fairy tales.
A fairytale place, built at the end of the 19th century at the foot of Colle Ranzola, it is the castle of Queen Margherita of Savoy.
Fully reminiscent of the castles of fairytale princesses; majestic, with five cuspidate towers.
Historical monuments, such as the Roman bridge of Aosta and the Cathedral of Aosta and the Torre dei Balivi are absolutely worth a visit.
Roman bridge of Aosta
An ancient monument, the first monument that welcomes you is the Roman Bridge over the Buthier which characterizes the eastern district of the city, called precisely the Pont di Pierre or “Stone Bridge”.
The bridge has a span of 17 meters, and was built to cross the Buthier stream to reach the Roman city.
Once over the bridge, the traveler of the time would have seen the Arch of Augustus in front of him and the Porta Praetoria in the center as well as the gateway to the city.
All this underlined the power of Rome and of her Emperor!
The fort of Bard
Built on a rock near the Dora Baltea. It is a stronghold, already at the time of Theodoric, in the sixth century AD. This building was rebuilt by the Savoys in the nineteenth century and today, the structure houses the Museum of the Alps.
But there’s more.
We continue our journey in Valle D’Aosta, admiring nature and breathing in the open air.
Valle D’Aosta really offers numerous outdoor activities for sports and nature lovers but in my opinion if you decide to go there, and you weren’t a nature lover, I’m sure you’ll change your mind.
Val Ferret: Nature and Freedom
A must-do stop, as if it were a pilgrimage you cannot escape from when you decide to go to Valle d’Aosta is Val Ferret.
We are located north of the Courmayeur basin.
You read right Courmayeur: winter = snow. In winter it is a very popular destination (I would say wow) for ski lovers who particularly appreciate it, equipped with many ski resorts it is a really great holiday. Instead, in summer the places are transformed into open-air farms. The milk production here is really of a very high quality. Worth trying is the “fontina”, the famous melted cream cheese, which is served in combination with bread, polenta or potatoes.
The oldest park in Italy: Gran Paradiso National Park
A breathtakingly beautiful park that deserves a place in your heart as well as obviously being visited. The Gran Paradiso National Park; the name already makes you understand such beauty. Established in 1922, the park is the oldest in Italy. With an area of more than seventy thousand hectares – it hosts a variety of plant and animal species among which the ibex dominates; symbol par excellence of the Gran Paradiso.
The Mont Avic Natural Park: where nature is free to express itself
Right on the border with the Gran Paradiso National Park, we find the Mont Avic Natural Park. Uncontaminated landscapes, magical places for lovers of excursions among beech trees, pine trees and lakes such as the lake of Champdepraz and Champorcer.
Mont Blanc: ice all year round
Valle D’Aosta is also Mont Blanc. The majestic Mont Blanc gives you two possibilities to visit it:
- With a tour that develops for about 170 kilometers, encroaching on Switzerland and France.
- Skyway – a ride on the rotating cable car that will allow you to admire the perennial glaciers and that will give you the indescribable emotions that nature gives us.
Valle D’Aosta does not hold back even in the kitchen.
Valle D’Aosta cuisine is mainly based on local products, including fontina cheese (which we have already mentioned above), raw ham, chestnuts, mushrooms and rye bread, Valle d’Aosta motsetta, Arnad lard and Enfer wine d’Arvier. Many products of the highest quality, real musts of the Aosta Valley that all deserve to be tasted.
With all these little pills from the Aosta Valley I hope I have ignited in you the desire to see this region so small but so full of emotions.
Sports, excursions, skiing, trekking, castles, lakes, natural parks, excellent food and much more.
Contact us, our team will be able to organize you a perfect holiday – getaway in the Valle D’Aosta.