Aosta Valley is the smallest and less populated region in Italy and offers an exceptional beautiful area. This beautiful valley is crossed by the Dora Baltea and is surrounded by the highest mountains of Italy, the Monte Bianco, Monte Rosa, the Cervino and Gran Paradiso. Aosta Valley has many rare alpine flora and fauna that are protected, which is why the Gran Paradiso National Park was built in 1922, the first in Italy. The region has also the Natural Park of the Mont Avic, a regional park extended between Champdepraz and Champorcher.
Aosta Valley is an international touristic destination for mountain climbing and skiing and has many interesting places. But another kind of tourism is dedicated to the countries of the valley, to appreciate the authentic and least explored culture of this small region.
Valsavaranche is crossed by Savara, and includes several small hamlets with a total of just 160 inhabitants, it does not have easy access to the nearby valleys and is a wonderful destination for hikers, with many trails and mountain huts in the mountains. You should also visit the Resistance Museum and the Ethnographic Museum.
Introd, known because it was the summer residence of Pope John Paul II, is an example of how these mountains are suitable for a relaxing holiday in contact with nature, both in winter and in summer. The natural beauty of this place is unique and untouched.
La Salle is located on the banks of Baltea and is dominated by Mount Paramont and Great Rochere. In this beautiful village there are the ruins of the Castle of Chatelard dating back to the twelfth century that allowed to control the entrance to the valley from invaders. The area includes the natural reserve of the Marais, which was built in 1992 and its excellent location makes this a passage area for many migratory birds like the purple heron.
In this area you can undertake beautiful hikes that will not disappoint the most experienced people, for example from Planaval, a small village in La Salle, there’s the path to climb the Great Rochere with its summit at 3326 meters to admire a breathtaking view.
Saint-Vincent is a village wuth Roman origins as evidenced by the bridge over the Cillian and the Romanesque church of the twelfth century. It is a renowned tourist destination, since the nineteenth century when its hot springs were discovered, is home to concerts, events and conferences at the Palais Saint-Vincent.
In Saint-Vincent, you can also visit the Museum of mineralogy and palaeontology with over 750 mineral and fossils, the Civic Gallery of Modern Art and the Archaeological Museum. There’s also the “Roman Bridge – Tsailleun“, an area of great geological interest where crop layers and skirt portions rarely visible on the surface, and of historical interest with the Roman Bridge on the way to Gaul, four medieval castles, and petroglyphs.
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