In the hearth of the Italian Alps
With an area of just 3,266 km² — 1% of Italian soil — the Aosta Valley is the smallest region in Italy. Shaped by ancient glaciers and encircled by some of Europe's highest mountains — Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso —, the Aosta Valley is also a typical alpine region, with more than one third of its surface lying at an altitude of over 2,600 metres.
Thrilling and fun!
Sheer rock faces, lofty peaks and rugged terrain make the Aosta Valley ideal for those seeking to push themselves to the limit and enjoy a range of exciting sports: top-class mountaineering, climbing, trekking, rafting, canyoning and downhill biking can all be practiced in the Aosta Valley at their best. With its fabulous itineraries within a natural environment of rare beauty, the Aosta Valley is one of the best heli-skiing destinations in the world.
The italian style ski paradise
In the Aosta Valley, skiing is always a special experience: you can try out new runs every day for a week and explore uncharted itineraries from Italy to France and Switzerland, without ever taking your skis off. And on the runs at the foot of the Matterhorn, you can even ski in the summer! Besides, on the ski slopes, you can find excellent restaurants, offering typical foods and wines in a nice and relaxed ambiance, matching the best local Italian traditions with international influences.
Take a walk on the wild side
The Aosta Valley has more than 4,000 km of paths into nature, amid Alpine lakes, waterfalls, forests, pastures and ancient villages. Many hiking and biking trails cross the Gran Paradiso national park and the Mont Avic natural park, the main protected areas in the Aosta Valley. The choice of routes ranges from one-day hikes to three-week treks.
Wandering through centuries
A Roman bridge, a Romanesque bell tower or a medieval castle are all typical sights of the Aosta Valley, where historical monuments blend in with the scenery to become one with the landscape.
Also tradition in the Aosta Valley has many highlights: typical villages, handicraft, folk music, historic carnivals, festivals and distinctive food and wine. In the Aosta Valley, vine growers harvest grapes on sloping vineyards at an altitude of up to 1,200m!