Valle d'Aosta - Travel Guide and Tourism Information for Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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Valle d'Aosta, Italy
The smallest region of Italy, on the extreme north-west of the country, Valle d'Aosta lies at the feet of the southern side of Mont Blanc / Monte Bianco; to the west facing the French border and to the north, the Swiss border. It also is the most mountainous Italian region, entirely surrounded by some of the best known peaks of the Alps: the Monte Bianco, the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa and the Gran Paradiso.
The regional capital and the only province of the Valley, is a city rich in history.
Traces of the ancient Augusta Pretoria (the Latin name of Aosta) can easily be seen, such as the great Arch of Augustus (25 B.C.) and the remains of the Roman Theatre. You may visit the Cathedral Church of S. Orso, the castle of Fénis, built in the 12th century and, in the vicinity of Saint-Vincent, the location of a famous casino and a mineral water spa, the castle of Issogne with its richly decorated halls. Other castles you may visit in this area are the castle of Verrès, Graines, Cly and Aymavilles.
The natural landscapes of the Valley are fabulous with the mountains Mont Blanc and Cervino, Monte Rosa and the Gran Paradiso, the high mountain at the centre of the huge Natural Park of the same name.
The Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso is Italy’s oldest national park, with its flowered meadows and small lakes; once the hunting ground of the Savoia family. Now it hosts large populations of marmots, chamois, eagles and stambecchi, a mountain goat.
The holiday towns and ski resorts of the Valley are long-established and well-known, like Courmayer, Champoluc and Cervinia.
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