Valle d'Aosta is an autonomous Italian region in the northwest of the country, south of the Valais. It has many similarities with this Swiss canton: it is a long valley flanked by counter-valleys that climb to the highest Alpine peaks, the Valais Alps and the Mont Blanc massif to the north and the Gran Paradiso massif to the south.
Main city of Aosta Valley (Val d'Aoste), a bilingual region in the Italian Alps (French- and Italian-speaking). It is an important European crossroads, a gate to Italy, France (Mont Blanc tunnel) and Switzerland (Grand-Saint-Bernard tunnel and mountain pass).
Do you think the Matterhorn/Cervin is a Swiss mountain? You're wrong! It's an Italo-Swiss mountain, as the border is just crossing its top! You can reach the Cervino from the South, across the Val d'Aoste then along the Valtournenche.
The one and only village in Italy that can only be reached by cable car, on foot, by bike... or by plane or helicopter since the tiny "Altiporto di Chamois" is right next door!
South of Aosta, a large village of about 1500 inhabitants has given its name to a valley that climbs to the Gran Paradiso National Park. It is one of the few counter-valleys that open up to the south from the Aosta Valley.
Set in a picturesque mountain scenery, Courmayeur is an attractive year-round destination. Located at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif on its Italian side, it is a famous ski resort in winter, and a hikers paradise in summer.
Etroubles is a picturesque village in the middle valley of the Great St Bernard, halfway between Aosta and the top of the pass and a few kilometres from the tunnel entrance on the Italian side.
The high mountain pass between Valais in Switzerland and Val d'Aoste in Italy. Home of the famous St-Bernard rescue dog, the one that has a keg around the neck!
La Place (Issogne)
Make a small detour to La Place, the main village of Issogne, which you will not pass through on the Valle d'Aosta motorway or main road, you can visit there one of the most beautiful castles in the valley.
A valley of the Italian Alps, above Aosta (Val d'Aoste), remote but easy to reach. A paradise for treks, far from the trendy villages and therefore quite authentic. You'll love it!
The Valtournenche valley, in Val d'Aoste, is the Italian side of the Matterhorn, named here Cervino. South of Mattertal valley, on the Swiss side, you have Zermatt, north of Valtournenche you have Cervinia-Breuil, right at the foot of the famous mountain.
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