The Aosta Vally / Valle d’Aosta is adjacent to France (Haute Savoie Department) and Switzerland (Canton Valais). To the east, Italian Piedmont joins it. The area of the autonomous region is about 3260 km2 and is inhabited by about 127 000 inhabitants, making it the smallest region of Italy. Aosta is the capital of the Aosta Valley. The official languages are Italian and French.
Initially, the region was inhabited by the Celts and conquered by the Romans in 25 BC. The Romans founded the original Aosta. Over the years, the city has been increasingly supported by Burgundians, Franks and Ostrogoths. From the 11th century until 1946, the Aosta Valley belonged to the House of Savoy. The Aosta Valley was designated autonomous region by a special statute of 1948 and is certainly one of the richest regions of Italy.
Cheese and wine
Another important industry is agriculture. Fontina cheese, registered as a trademark, comes from the region. Winegrowing has also been established over the years and renowned cellars such as Cave Mont Blanc and Les Cretes produce excellent wines.
Holidays for active people with break time
In summer, the Aosta Valley is still considered a good travel idea. Due to its mild climate, one can spend here a great active holiday. You can combine the simplicity and originality of the valley with activities such as hiking, climbing and mountain biking. In the evening, end the day with a good Piedmont wine and/or regional cuisine. In particular, the combination of white peaks of the Monte Rosa mountains and green valleys make this destination a unique place. Green valleys, clear mountain lakes and towering cliffs are the hallmarks of the Aosta Valley in summer.