He liked differences: this is probably why he travelled so much.

(Jorge Luis Borges)

AOSTA VALLEY

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This “Valley” region is plunged in the Alps, surrounded by four of the highest mountains in Italy and Europe. Among them is the Monte Bianco (4810 m), destination of many mountain lovers, both in Summer and in Winter. The celebrated cableway connecting Courmayeur to Chamonix in France overlooks one of the most spectacular alpine panoramas. Nature and landscape are uncorrupted, and this little corner of Italy – set between France and Switzerland – is distinguished by trekking routes (although not always marked), striking glaciers, natural parks, woods and pastures, and castles.

Those who don’t like mountain adventures can choose among many cultural routes, leading to small hamlets in the side valleys, where traditions and architecture survived unchanged through the centuries.

Aosta, the main city, was an important Ancient Roman town founded in 25 b.C. Thanks to the well preserved Roman ruins, it is often called “the Rome of the Alps”. As Aosta is not very big, you can walk in this town for a “comprehensive” visit, or select a specific theme, like archeology or the local food and folklore.

We suggest not to miss some of the excellent local products, like Fontina cheese or Arnad lard, not to mention such Valle d’Aosta specialties as carbonade and cheese fondue, matched with wines whose grapes are cultivated in some of the highest vineyards in Europe.