Welcome to Aosta Valley
Aosta Valley: in the heart of the Italian Alps
With a surface area of just 3,266 kmÂ˛ â€” 1% of Italian soil â€” Aosta Valley is the smallest region in the bel paese.
Shaped by ancient glaciers and encircled by some of Europe's highest mountains, Aosta Valley is also a typically alpine region, with over a third of it lying at an altitude of over 2,600 metres.
Sheer rock faces, lofty peaks and rugged terrain make the region ideal for those seeking to push themselves to the limit and enjoy a range of exciting sports: top-class mountaineering, climbing, trekking, skiing, rafting, canyoning and downhill skiing can all be practised here.
A journey into nature
There's more to the region than sporting challenges and pleasant walking and cycling routes for outdoor types who prefer to take it easy, and Aosta Valley is sure to win over the more contemplative visitor too, with its magnificent landscapes and its enviable natural heritage: it is here, in fact, that the first national park in Italy was created, and almost a third of the region is protected in order to safeguard the significant level of biodiversity.
Art, history and culture in the valley of the 100 castles
Aosta Valley offers plenty of pleasant surprises for lovers of history and art, with an extraordinary concentration of traces from the region's rich past: prehistoric megalithic monuments, a wealth of Roman remains, over 100 mediaeval castles, towers and fortresses, which over the centuries became Renaissance dwellings, or Romanesque and Baroque churches. This splendid cultural heritage is kept alive through popular traditions, local crafts, food and wine, and the fact that most of the region's inhabitants speak both Italian and French fluently.