Guide to Valle d'Aosta (26)
AOSTA TRAVEL INFORMATION AND TOURISM SUGGESTIONS
The region of Valle d'Aosta includes Aosta, Courmayeur, Cervinia, Gressoney Saint Jean, Cogne and La Thuile. Ideal for the two main tourist seasons of the region, summer and winter.
Summer offers long mountain treks and bike riding in the valleys, while the snow brings serious skiers to Gran Bernardo, Courmayeur and Cervinia in the shadow of the Matterhorn.
Who would not want to stay in a wooden mountain 'baite' at least once, as well as seeking out pollution free hamlets such as Chamois, Italy's only comune without road access.
The city of Aosta was inhabited by ancient Celtic tribes, but its real foundations were laid by the Romans who built Augusta Praetoria, a strategic outpost for further conquest. The eastern city gate Porta Pretoria is still in one piece.
Do go to Aosta for the atmospheric Christmas market and for one of Italy's oldest events, the Sant'Orso handicrafts fair. With over 1000 annual editions why not pick up a grolla or friendship cup.
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The casual visitor to Valle D'Aosta may not be able to spot the difference between a 'Grolla' or a 'Friendship Cup'. All confusion can be swept aside by a visit to the annual 'Sant'Orso Fair' in Aosta at the end of January every year. This international hand crafts fair is the biggest appointment of its type in the region and it has now reached over 1000 editions! The stalls and stands stretch right through the historical center of Aosta and along the old town walls. Other classic valley objects include 'sock' or 'puin' which are slippers made from a cloth…
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• hiking trails cogne • gressoney saint jean • cervinia and the matterhorn • gran san bernardo • charming streets of aosta • town called gaby • no road to chamois • traditional mountain homes • gran paradiso • courmayeur • saint vincent • navigating the aosta valley • on foot to 4000 meters • french and german influences • permanent nature exhibitions