A18  Lago Blu e Cervino Valtournenche estiva foto D. Camisasca  Ass. turismo VDA TEST


The medieval castles are an important presence in the landscape of Valle d’Aosta, the witness of a particular rich and intense feudal history. Sheltered behind the rocky mountains of the Doria valley, they quite rightly gained throughout the centuries the name of “Guards of the Alps” because of their strategic role. In Winter the region is covered in snow and among the resorts where you can perform winter sports, there are also a lot of game-parks on the snow that are famous all over the world: Courmayeur, for example, together with La Thuile, Breuil-Cervinia, Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses, Valtournenche, Champoluc, Chamois, Cogne and Pila.

 During the coldest months of the year, when water falls are all iced, you can perform the ice climbing: this activity can be performed in many valleys, especially in the Cogne valley, where there are more than 150 water falls. And in Summer? Once again it is the triumph of sport: golf, hiking, trekking, mountains biking, canoeing, rafting, horse riding. The heart of the National Park of Gran Paradiso – that also touches the Piedmont territory – is in Valle d’Aosta and it’s wonderful with its natural routes where a number of important historical places are set. Moreover, in Valle d’Aosta there are four alpine botanical gardens, they witness the great commitment of the autonomous region in safeguarding the natural richness.

Aosta is an important cradle of monuments, this small alpine capital is rich in important prehistoric, roman and medieval evidence from the past. Founded in 25 BC. by the Romans, it keeps a number of very interesting landmarks dating back to that historical period. Any examples? The Roman bridge on the Buthier river, Porta Pretoria – the ancient door of the town -, the solemn August arch, built to celebrate the Emperor. Besides the different towers, the church of Sant’Orso – among the most important religious monuments of the Alps – stands out against the sky. The heart of city life is Chanoux square, with its rectangular shape dominated by the neo-classical town hall. You can’t miss the ancient streets, the fountains and the washhouses, the votive chapels and the sundials.

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