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Val d'Aosta, Italy, Map and Travel Guide

Visit the val d'aosta region. it's a different italy.

If you enter the Aosta Valley from Piemonte to the south via the Autostrada E25, you'll quickly realize that you're in a different world. Town names seem to be in French. Green shutters give way to staunch brown ones. Your hotel looks German. Orange roof tiles have given way to gray slate.

The E25, autostrada della Valle d'Aosta, is likely to be the most scenic autostrada in Italy. As you head into the steep valley, look up. On steep hillsides, gardens, groves, and vineyards are planted in steep terraces. The road follows the Fiume Dora Baltea , a tributary of the Po.

Valle d'Aosta is small. It takes the honors for the smallest, least populous, and least densely populated region of Italy. Unless you ski in peak winter season, you're likely to have great swaths of incredibly beautiful land all to yourself.

Italian and French, as you have discovered, are both official languages.

Aosta Valley Map

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Aosta is the largest city. It's an ancient Roman town, starting as the colony of Augusta Praetoria Salassorum where three thousand retired veterans were housed. Today there are many Roman ruins to see. The main piazza is quite attractive and hosts one of Italy's best historic caffes, the Caffe Nazionale, which has been around since 1886.

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Italy's first National Park, the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso , is mostly in the Val d'Aosta, but spills into Piemonte.

Pont Saint Martin is the gateway to the Valle d'Aosta. It has a Roman bridge from the first century BC, after which it was named.

As a border land, there was need for many forts and castles. Before you get to Aosta from Piemonte, stop in at Fénis to take a tour of Fénis castle, one of the most famous of the Aosta Valley and first mentioned in 1242. You find the castle conveniently on a small knoll right in the center of town. Just down the winding path is MAV, the Museo dell’Artigianato Valdostano di tradizione . You'll find traditional local handicrafts of the folks of the valley, like the carved forest figures to the right of the castle. For the view of the castle like you see below, stay across the highway at Hotel Comtes De Challant which also serves very fine food of the region in its restaurant.

fennis castle attractions

Just across the Autostrada you'll find the town of Nus , which has a castle, somewhat ruined, right in the center of town. Another sits uphill from the town near the village of Plane. Nus is in the heart of some fine wine country, mostly producing whites called "Petite Arvine", and "Blanc de Morgex".

Courmayeur (Cormaiore in Italian) is located at just over 4000 feet above sea level on the south side of Mont Blanc. It's the highest commune in Italy. It's considered Italy's best ski resort. Hikers flock there in summer, so don't think of it as just a winter wonderland; Italy's highest botanical garden is here: the Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea . In December you can attend Courmayeur noir in Festival, a film noir extravaganza:

Much of the festival’s charm comes from the fact that it doesn’t restrict itself to film and television. You can expect a wealth of conversations and exhibits outside of the films being screened, and in the past there have been work-in-progress films as well as stage productions. 2013 saw a photography competition entitled “Eyes on the City” and the festival also includes children’s screenings, showing the organizers’ understanding of the capacity children have to enjoy quality films and develop their own tastes. ~ Courmayeur’s Film Noir Festival

In the shadow of the Matterhorn is Breuil-Cervinia , one of the world's top ski resorts with access to Europe's highest lifts. It's a convenient 1 hour 40 minutes from Turin airport. If skiing isn't enough, you can take a few laps in a cart on the ice with one of Viator's more interesting tours: Ice kart experience in Cervinia .

Preserved pig and cow parts are very big in the Val d'Aosta, and the town of Arnad is home to lots of great places to taste them, especially the Lardo di Arnad DOP, which has its own festival in August.

The Salumificio Maison Bertolin is highly regarded and a venue for purchasing some of these cured meats.

The Gran Paradiso national park covers 70,000 hectares, altitudes of the park ranging from 800 meters at the bottom of the valley to 4,061 meters to the top of mount Gran Paradiso. The park was proclaimed to save the Steinbock, or Alpine ibex, from extinction. Chamois is common but shy in the park, and you might see marmots, golden eagles, and perhaps a lynx. There are three visitor centers in the villages of Cogne, Valsavarenche and Rhêmes-Notre-Dame.

Châtillon began as a Roman settlement and reached its peak in the middle ages. There are medieval houses and towers as well as three castles to see.

The Cuisine of the Valle d'Aosta

Fontana cheese is featured predominantly in Valdostana cuisine, showing up with a slice of prosciutto in the Veal Chop Valdostana shown in the picture below, and modified only slightly for Chicken Valdostana. Grilled polenta is a popular block upon which cooks build a typical meal.

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Carbonada is a typical dish of beef stewed in white wine served with polenta. Seupa à la Vapelenentse (Valpelline Soup) is a savoy cabbage soup enhanced with Fontina and thickened with copious amounts of bread. Cinnamon is the unusual seasoning that links the two dishes.

Saveurs du Val d'Aoste is the new quality label for the Valle d'Aosta and the label indicates shops and restaurants where you're guaranteed of the origins and authenticity of the food, wine and traditions. The link takes to you to a list of the "Saveurs du Val d'Aoste" Restaurants .

Valle d'Aosta Wine From the Highest Vineyards in Europe

Aosta is one eighth the size of Piemonte and has a challenging geography for wine grapes, so there is a small production and you don't often see Aosta wines outside of the region. What makes the Aosta valley interesting for wine lovers is that there are a huge number of both native and introduced grape varieties, the most important of which is Picotendro , the Aosta version of Piemonte's Nebbiolo.

The vineyards are planted mostly in terraces on the steep, south-facing slopes above the Dora Baltea river.

We tasted a delightful Fumin wine on our last trip to Aosta. Fumin is an indiginous grape that was rescued from extinction recently. We can't quibble with the Wine Searcher's description of it: "Savory and earthy tones underlie dark fruits such as blackberries on the palate."

Most of the wineries in the region are conveniently located near the autostrada. Here's a map and guide with much more information on the wines of the Aosta Valley.

A trip to neighboring Piemonte , then a short excursion into the Val d'Aosta would make a fine trip for wine enthusiasts.

Enjoy the little slice of rocky heaven that is the Aosta Valley.

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Aosta Valley Map and Travel Guide

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Italy's Aosta Valley, or Valle d'Aosta, region is the smallest of Italy's 20 regions. It contains much of Italy's first National Park, the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso . The Valle d'Aosta is a wonderful place to ski in winter and hike in summer. The region has many picturesque mountain villages, small rural churches, castles, and Baroque art.

Where to Go in Valle d'Aosta, Italy's Smallest Region

Getting to the valle d'aosta.

The main road through the Valle d'Aosta is the A5 autostrada , which continues to Milan and Torino after Pont Saint Martin. It is one of the most scenic autostrada rides you'll take. From France, you can get to the Valle d'Aosta from the Little Saint Bernard Pass or through the Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco in Italian) tunnel. While the tunnel does shave lots of time off the route and is used by most trucking operations, the toll is fairly expensive. The tunnel links the valleys of Chamonix (France) and Courmayeur (Italy).​

While a car is the best way to see the Aosta Valley, there is a train station in the city of Aosta and buses run to some of the smaller towns. The closest Italian airport is Turin airport .

Towns to Visit in Valle d'Aosta

Aosta is the largest city in the Valley. It's an ancient Roman town, as evidenced by its grid system, with many Roman ruins to see. The main piazza is quite attractive and hosts one of Italy's best historic cafes, the Caffe Nazionale , which has been around since 1886.

Pont Saint Martin is the gateway to the Valle d'Aosta . It has a Roman bridge from the first century BC, after which it was named, and the area has a number of medieval castles.

Saint Vincent is home to one of the largest casinos in Europe. It's also known for its therapeutic spas and is sometimes called the Riviera of the Alps.

Aosta Valley Mountains and National Park

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Mountains of Valle d'Aosta

Gran Paradiso National Park , Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso , was once the royal hunting ground of the House of Savoy. Mount Gran Paradiso, after which the park was named, is the highest peak completely within Italy. Gran Paradiso National Park has hundreds of different alpine flowers, many of them rare, as well as interesting birds and animals.

The Valle d'Aosta shares the chain of Alps with Switzerland to the north and France to the west. Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn are the tallest mountains and usually have snow nearly year round providing lots of opportunity for skiing and winter sports as well as scenic beauty.

The route between Valtournanche and Champoluc , two ski resorts, is one of the region's spectacular scenic drives. The area is popular in summer for hiking as well as in winter for skiing.

Valle D'Aosta Castles and Cuisine

Many castles dot the hillsides of the Aosta Valley, some of them no more than evocative ruins.

Cuisine of the Valle d'Aosta

Aosta Valley's cuisine is simple but based on fresh ingredients from the mountains and streams. Cows are abundant so you'll find good cow's milk cheeses, such as fontina, as well as butter, cream, and beef dishes. The mountains provide lots of game and mushrooms while fresh fish from mountain streams are plentiful. Because growing grapes for wine takes a lot of work, the region's wine tends to be expensive, but you'll get good wines from the nearby Piemonte wine region.

Near Valle D'Aosta

The Aosta Valley is bordered to the south and east by the Piemonte region , known for its excellent cuisine and for winter skiing, where you'll find the Susa Valley and the less-visited Chisone Valley. The city of Turin is an elegant city with Baroque cafes and architecture, museums, cultural events, and good restaurants.

North of the region is Zermatt, Switzerland, a car-free medieval village known as one of the top ski resorts in Europe and to the west is Aix les Bains, one of France's top spa towns.

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  • SS27 - This is the main highway that connects Aosta to other cities in the Valle d'Aosta region, as well as to France and Switzerland.
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  • SR46 - This road connects Aosta to Courmayeur, a popular ski resort town at the foot of Mont Blanc.
  • SR47 - This road travels through the Gran Paradiso National Park, offering access to hiking trails and scenic viewpoints.
  • SR15 - This road connects Aosta to the Swiss border, passing through several small towns and villages along the way.
  • SR12 - This is a narrow, winding road that travels through the hills above Aosta, offering panoramic views of the city below.
  • SR24 - This road connects Aosta to the town of Pré-Saint-Didier, famous for its thermal baths and spa resorts.
  • SR23 - This is a scenic road that winds through the valleys of the Valle d'Aosta region, offering access to several small towns and villages along the way.
  • SP25 - This is a winding road that climbs up to the Passo del Piccolo San Bernardo, a mountain pass on the border between Italy and France.

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20 Wonderful Things to Do and Places to Visit in Aosta Valley, Italy

As it is famous for its soul-cleansing natural scenery (that provides 5000 km of hiking trails and world-class ski areas), cute Alpine towns, pretty castles and fortresses, and unique culture, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’ll find countless places to visit in Aosta Valley, Italy (Italian: Valle d’Aosta).

I planned a trip to this amazing region when I felt very nature-deprived, and I can honestly say it revived me, and I would definitely come back. Here are the spots that made me happiest.

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* I try to keep the information on this blog as updated as possible, but I still recommend consulting the latest prices, opening hours, and other details on the official website of each site, hotel, and tour, as well as checking the updated public transport routes and timetables.

Wonderful Things to Do and Places to Visit in Aosta Valley, Italy

Where to stay: I was looking for a base for a road trip across the region, so I stayed in the central town of Saint Pierre at a lovely apartment with scenic views called Le Petit Coq . Here are other towns you can stay in Aosta Valley .

My favorite carb in Aosta Valley:  Having a major sweet tooth, I couldn’t get enough of the little desserts and pastries of Pasticceria Buzzi near Nus.

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Beautiful Places to Visit in Aosta Valley, Italy

While the capital city of this region wasn’t the highlight of my trip, Aosta is still worth visiting for its historic center and Roman landmarks, giving it the nickname “The Rome of the Alps.”

Thanks to its history as the Roman colony of  Augusta Praetoria Salassorum  and its well-preserved monuments, people flock to see its emblematic Roman Theatre (currently closed until May 2025), ancient walls, the city gate Porta Praetoria, and the triumphal Arch of Augustus, as well as the medieval Aosta Cathedral and Church of Sant’Orso.

The lovely streets and squares of its old town are also fun to stroll, offering a variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops.

That said, this small center was the only beautiful area in Aosta in my eyes, so it’s important to come with the right expectations.

In addition, you can take a cable car ride to reach the nearby ski resort of Pila.

Roman theatre of Aosta

Fort of Bard

Not too far from Aosta Valley’s border with the Piedmont region, stands the remarkable Fort of Bard.

Surrounded by forested mountains and overlooking the Dora Baltea River, this 19th-century beauty was commissioned by the ruling House of Savoy to replace former fortifications and prevent French attacks.

I loved admiring its awe-inspiring exteriors, which seem extremely impressive when seen with the entire surrounding scenery.

You can also explore its interiors by either visiting the museum it houses – Museum of the Alps – or  booking a stay at its hotel – Hotel Cavour , making it one of the most popular points of interest in Aosta Valley.

Fort of Bard in Aosta Valley, Italy

Saint Pierre Castle

I chose to stay in Saint Pierre (in this apartment ) mainly because of its location in the heart of the region, but I was also glad to marvel every day at the imposing Saint-Pierre Castle.

Dating back to the 12th century, it was the residence of several noble families throughout the centuries, and today, it houses the Regional Natural Science Museum (see prices and opening hours  here ).

The beautiful Saint Pierre Castle in Aosta Valley, northern Italy

Skyway Monte Bianco Cable Car

One of my favorite tourist attractions in Aosta Valley has to be the 360-degree Skyway Monte Bianco cable car.

Providing cry-worthy views of the valley and the Mont Blanc massif (yes, I teared up), both its midway station (Pavillon) and final station (Punta Helbronner, named after the French alpinist Paul Helbronner) are a must-visit.

In summer, you can also get to Chamonix, France.

The Pavillon area includes a lovely artificial lake, a unique botanical garden, a little exhibition dedicated to the cable car’s history, and much more.

At Punta Helbronner, you’ll find vast panoramic terraces and even a bistro, so there are plenty of activities to fill up a half day.

views at the Pavillon station of the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car in Italy

I booked the classic “Courmayeur – Punta Helbronner Round Trip” ticket (worth every cent), but many others are available, including discounted early booking and family tickets.

You have to pick your ascent timeslot and note that you also need to switch cable cars between the two stations.

I highly recommend  purchasing your tickets online  (a bit cheaper than on-site), though you should  consult the latest ascent schedule and rules  before planning your trip.

Mont Blanc massif views in Aosta Valley

Often serving as a base for activities such as skiing in the  Courmayeur Mont Blanc Funivie  ski resort, enjoying the views at the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car, and hiking in Val Ferret and Val Veny, the town of Courmayeur is worth visiting all on its own.

Nestled at the foot of the Mont Blanc near France and Switzerland, it has a small yet lovely historic center with quintessential Alpine-style houses and hotels (that make it one of the most beautiful towns in Aosta Valley) and even an Alpine museum.

It’s also close to the Notre Dame de Guérison Sanctuary, a famous pilgrimage site known for its frescoes and walls covered in visitors’ gifts and offerings.

Alpine style houses in Courmayeur in Aosta Valley

Pre Saint Didier

While you won’t find a whole lot of attractions in Pré-Saint-Didier itself, this quaint town and its surroundings will not disappoint.

First of all, this is one of two spots where there are natural thermal springs in Aosta Valley (the other is Saint Vincent), which you can enjoy 365 days a year at the  QC Terme Pré Saint Didier wellness center  or the nearby QC Terme Monte Bianco wellness center and resort .

Second, a short drive and walk will take you to the Passerella Panoramica, an unmissable scenic viewpoint overlooking the town and mountainous landscape. In one word – WOW.

Last but not least, Pré-Saint-Didier is also close to Courmayeur, the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car,  La Thuile  ski area, and trails like Lago d’ Arpy.

Panoramic views over Pre Saint Didier in Aosta Valley Italy

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The  picturesque Lys Valley  is a 35-kilometre-long side valley of the Aosta. It stretches along the river Lys and is surrounded by several majestic 4000-meter peaks.

In summer, it is an absolute paradise for hikers, and in winter, a popular ski resort beneath the Monte Rosa massif.

In the beautiful villages around the main town of Gressoney-Saint-Jean, the locals have proudly preserved their traditions and language.

They still speak Walser German, an old Germanic language variant. This cultural influence gives the Lys Valley a unique authenticity.

Above the village center of Gressoney-Saint-Jean, with its many typical wooden houses decorated with colorful flowers,

Castel Savoia is hidden in the pine forests. The former summer residence of Queen Margaret of Savoy from the 19th century offers a wonderful view of the Monte Rosa massif.

One of the best access points to the mountains is Gressoney-La-Trinité, a popular ski resort, especially in winter, at the end of the Lys Valley.

The combination of natural highlights and cultural diversity, thanks to the Walser people, make the Lys Valley one of the interesting and best places to visit in the Aosta Valley.

Church-of-Gressoney-Saint-Jean-in-Lys-Valley

Castel Savoia

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The  Savoy Castle  in Aosta Valley is a perfect blend of history and stunning views.

Originating in the 19th century, Queen Margaret of Savoy transformed it to resemble an “old castle.” Accessible via a winding mountain road, the castle provides panoramic views of the valley and Liskamm Glacier.

Tours, conducted solely in Italian every half hour, unveil the castle’s unique interiors. The decor throughout pays homage to Queen Margherita, prominently featuring her favorite flower and initials.

Surprisingly, the castle lacks an internal kitchen but is connected by an underground railroad to a nearby building. The lower park showcases a captivating rock garden with diverse plants, especially stunning from May to September.

For a preview, the castle was featured in “The Worst Christmas of My Life” (2012). If you seek a unique and memorable experience, the Savoy Castle is the ideal spot for an unforgettable moment in Aosta Valley.

Exteriors of the Savoy Castle in Aosta Valley

Gran Paradiso National Park

The oldest national park in Italy (more than 100 years old) and one of the best in Europe, Gran Paradiso is an absolute must-visit destination in Aosta Valley (and the Piedmont region ).

With its never-ending natural landscapes, flora and fauna, and adorable hamlets, this park provides more than enough points of interest and outdoor activities.

I visited the charming town of Cogne and the hamlet of Valnontey and took the short and relatively easy hike to see Cascate di Lillaz, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

More advanced outdoor enthusiasts can also try rock climbing, skiing, and hikes in the areas of Laghi del Nivolet, Rhêmes Valley, and Orca Valley, to name a few.

Consult the park’s official website to find the best activity for you.

Lillaz waterfalls in Aosta Valley

By Georgia from Bimbe in Viaggio

Have you ever visited  Etroubles ? Let me accompany you to discover this small village in the Great Saint Bernard Valley, which is considered a true open-air museum.

Etroubles is located at an altitude of 1270 meters and, not surprisingly, has been listed among the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy.

Walking through the streets of Etroubles is a unique historical experience.

On the one hand, you will encounter statues depicting wayfarers along the Via Francigena; on the other, you will admire the frescoes on the facades of the houses, commemorating the passage of Napoleon.

After getting lost in the village’s cobblestone streets, I recommend stopping at the historic La Croix Blan Restaurant to enjoy traditional Aosta Valley dishes. And if you are traveling with children in tow, there is also a nice playground for them to frolic in.

Finally, to digest your hearty lunch, you could take the Percorso Vita trail that, with little effort, will lead you to another interesting small village in the Aosta Valley, Saint Oyen.

Etroubles historic centre

Brusson Lake

Between the blue and turquoise shades of this lake and the sky and the green colors of the grass and forested mountains you get to see on a sunny day, it’s impossible not to love Brusson Lake, a place I truly didn’t want to leave.

It is such a serene paradise and an ideal picnic spot, with many benches, tables, a drinking fountain, and a playground for all ages (I, as an adult, really enjoyed the swings with lake views and the little zip line).

There are enough parking spots (free off-season), so you can get there by car from Verres on the SR45 or Saint Vincent using the winding yet utterly scenic SR33.

Brusson Lake in eastern Aosta Valley

Fenis Castle

Not only is the Fenis Castle one of the most striking castles I’ve seen in Aosta Valley (it’s an absolute dream at sunset), but also one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval castles.

Dating back to the 13th century, it’s mostly known for being the residence of the noble Challant family for more than half a millennium.

I only got to see its postcard-perfect exteriors with its beautiful towers and walls, but you can also  take the guided tour  it offers (in Italian) to see its rooms and famous chapel and courtyard frescoes.

Fenis Castle at sunset

Cascata Del Lenteney

Driving on the SS26 near the village of Derby, you’ll see a gorgeous waterfall called Cascata Del Lenteney, connecting to the mesmerizing Dora Baltea River.

You can cross the small bridge and park your car to enjoy the scenery and even follow the trail signs that will bring you closer to the waterfall within minutes.

Don’t skip out on coffee and hot chocolate at the on-site adorable Alpine-style cafe (La Cascata), which couldn’t have a more perfect location (I utterly adored it).

Cascade of Lantantey in northern Italy

Castello Gamba

Unlike all the medieval castles and fortresses in Aosta Valley, this estate-like castle, comissioned by Baron Carlo Gamba, dates back to the 20th century.

It houses a museum of modern and contemporary art, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can also wander around its gardens and enjoy the valley views it offers for free.

While it’s not a must-visit, it’s a nice little gem in eastern Aosta Valley.

Castello Gamba in Aosta Valley in northern Italy

This town might not have a wanderable historic center, but there’s a good chance you’ll want to come here to see its vineyards and apple orchards, visit the medieval 4-tower Aymavilles Castle (you can  buy tickets here ), and enjoy the wineries in and around it.

Set in a beautiful rural yet modern space, don’t skip out on the winery and shop of Les Cretes, established in 1800. You can  book a tasting  or just buy some wines.

Aymavilles Castle, Aosta Valley, northern Italy

Pont D’aël

If you’re looking for a quick stop on a road trip, this one might be for you.

A few of this region’s ancient Roman ruins and monuments are found outside the city of Aosta, including the Pont d’Aël Roman aqueduct and bridge, built in 3 BC when they were also privately owned and funded.

I think that any monument from that era that’s still standing is impressive, but what makes this spot extra special is that it also has a bridge and a short covered passageway, which you can enter and walk through for a small fee.

The covered passageway of Pont dAel Roman aqueduct in northern Italy

Royal Castle of Sarre

By Imee from  Italy In Focus

One of the best things to see in Aosta Valley is the historic Sarre Royal Castle, also recognized as Castello Reale di Sarre, situated in the town of Sarre.

Renowned as a significant landmark in the region belonging to the House of Savoy, the castle draws tourists with its compelling history and captivating architectural beauty.

The 17th-century castle features medieval architecture showcasing the grandeur and elegance of historical royal residences.

In addition, this magnificent castle is perched on top of a hill overlooking the Dora Baltea River and offers a stunning and panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and countryside.

You can also  book a guided tour  to explore its interior, although it’s conducted in Italian.

Other Things to Do in Aosta Valley, Italy

Hike the tour du mont blanc.

By Claire from the The Detour Effect

The Tour du Mont Blanc hiking trail traces the northwest corner of the Aosta Valley at Italy’s alpine borders with France and Switzerland.

Trekkers and marathon runners come from all over the world to take on the challenge of completing the 100-mile circuit, but day trippers and weekenders can get a taste of the trail too.

Courmayeur sits directly along the TMB path. If basing yourself here, consider a day hike to Rifugio Bonatti, a famous mountain hut with a spectacular view of the Mont Blanc massif.

You can take a free shuttle bus back, or if you’ve booked in advance, you can stay overnight at the hut and then hike or take the bus back the following day. Be aware that bus pickup spots are in Val Ferret, adding another hour or two of hiking past Bonatti.

You can also try an out-and-back day hike from Courmayeur to Rifugio Elisabetta. I would recommend taking the cable car from Dolonne up to Maison Vieille so you can skip the drudgery of the first half of the hike and cut down on the mileage of an already long day.

The views between Maison Vieille and Elisabetta are some of the  best on the Tour du Mont Blanc .

View from Rifugio Bonatti in Aosta Valley

Sample Local Food and Wines

To me, an avid carb and comfort food lover, it doesn’t get more hearty than northern Italian dishes.

From Risotto alla Valdostana to Fonduta alla Valdostana (fondue) to Polenta Concia , all made with the famous local fontina cheese, you’ll want to immerse yourself in these delicious traditional delicacies.

You can also visit a lovely Fontina shop and farm called Lo Copafen (as I did) that even allows you to glance at their cheese cellar.

When it comes to wine, this region is definitely an undiscovered destination.

I’ve already mentioned the vineyards in and around Aymavilles, though there are wineries in other towns in Aosta Valley, producing local wines such as Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle, Nus Rouge, and Nus Malvoisie.

Terraced vineyards in Aosta Valley, Italy

Ski and Snowboard Near the Village of Breuil-Cervinia

It’s no secret that one of the best things to do in Aosta Valley is engage in winter sports, and the village of Breuil-Cervinia, located at the foot of the Matterhorn, is where you can start your adventure in a world-class ski area.

It’s actually still on my bucket list, but since the Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche/Zermatt ski area is so huge and famous, it had to be included here.

These three resorts in Italy and southern Switzerland are all connected by a network of ski lifts and slopes, so there are dozens of  passes for you to choose from  that include one or more resorts.

Here are other places to visit in Italy in winter .

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I also wanted to visit Lake Place-Moulin, the Verrès Castle (I had only seen it for a second from the car), the Issogne Castle, Fontainemore, and Pont-Saint-Martin if you’re looking for more spots to add to your bucket list.

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How to Spend 1 Day in Aosta, Italy – The Capital of the Aosta Valley

Last Updated: June 16, 2022 //  by  Ashley Smith 4 Comments

I never planned to spend 1 day in Aosta, Italy. I was in the middle of a completely different trip when things went sideways and, we’ll just say, backwards down a mountain. But, travel is nothing if not unpredictable and I’m happy to have found Aosta—an otherwise complete travel secret. Until now, mwahahha!

Despite all the time I’ve spent traveling around Italy (more than any other country outside my own), I’d never heard of Aosta or the Aosta Valley—the tiniest of Italy’s 20 regions. You can find it way up north, bordered by the Alps, right there in the nook between Italy, France, and Switzerland. I’m fairly certain it’s hidden just inside the barrel around a Saint Bernard’s neck. 

Aosta Valley, Italy

The Aosta Valley is an area famous for skiing given its Alpine location, the home of numerous castles, and for being the birthplace of Fontina cheese–a cause I think we can all get behind. 

Aosta the city has a population of just over 34,000. This makes Aosta similar in size to such American cultural centers as Marion City, Iowa and Delaware City, Ohio. It’s the kind of Italian town that’s so quaint none of the places I’m going to mention in this post have websites. We’re going to have to do things the ancient way–with maps! 

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A friend and I were staying in nearby Courmayeur and, without a plan at all, took a bus to the closest city on the map with a larger than average font. Yes, you read that right. Literally, the letters spelling AOSTA were bigger than the rest within a couple hours’ drive and that’s all we needed.

Bigger fonts meant there had to be something to do during 1 day in Aosta, right? The phrase you’re searching for right now is “sheer genius.” (Every trip you take with me is basically a trust fall.) 

1 day in Aosta

Our 1 day in Aosta, the capital of the Aosta Valley region, was an incredibly interesting experience. From the city’s bilingualism (everything is in both Italian and French), the ancient Roman ruins literally on every corner, to the fact that we were the only non-Italians in sight—it was clear we’d found a lovely little oasis in the mountains. 

And if you’d like another lovely little oasis full of ancient Roman ruins, check out Tivoli !

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It’s the kind of town where important information and funeral service announcements are posted on a central bulletin board in the town square. Needless to say, all the spots you’ll visit in Aosta are about as close together as you are to your phone screen right now. 

Hidden gem status aside, that’s not to say their tourism is non-existent. Their tourism infrastructure is pretty good and almost all of the tourists we encountered were also Italian. Go ahead and file Aosta under: places to hide after I win the lottery . 

There’s plenty to do during 1 day in Aosta—historic and archaeological sites-a-plenty, great food and entertainment, beautiful scenery, and the chance to visit a town that truly feels like a secret.

Where is everything? ─ To help you find everything during your one day in Aosta, see the map above. It shows the location of everything mentioned in this post. Zoom in for detail and click the box in the upper left for the icon key.

How to get to Aosta

In my case, I was heading to Aosta from Courmayeur, Italy —an Alpine city on the border with Chamonix, France less than an hour away.

Getting to Aosta from Courmayeur was as simple as entering the ticket office and stating we wanted to go to Aosta. They sold us tickets (for around 3.50€ each) for a ride on the local SAVDA bus the next morning. You can find SAVDA bus information here.

The ride was quick and easy and not at all as awkwardly entertaining as it would have been on the Flixbus (which we would soon discover), another cheap option for traveling to and from Aosta. 

Additionally, you can travel to and from Aosta and throughout the Aosta Valley via regional trains. I didn’t travel this way so I can’t help you anymore than that, but visit the Trenitalia website for ticket and schedule info.

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Where to stay during your 1 day in Aosta

Though a day trip to Aosta is a perfect getaway from neighboring cities like Courmayeur and Turin , we decided to spend the night there to get the full feel of our 1 day in Aosta. If you’ve ever traveled in Italy, you know the small towns really come alive (and the shirts come unbuttoned) after the sun goes down.

We stayed at the Duca D’Aosta Hotel and it was one of the nicest places we stayed during our almost three weeks in France and Italy choosing cities at random based on font size.

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The hotel staff was friendly and spoke English (among many other languages, showoffs), the room was big and clean and mildly indulgent after a week of much more questionable accommodations, and I can’t recommend it enough. Not having to bring my own sheets and sleep in a wooden bunk bed I’m allergic to with only a curtain for a door = priceless.

If you’re planning to spend 1 day in Aosta, check out Duca D’Aosta Hotel here on Booking.com, my favorite booking site.

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How to spend 1 day in Aosta

Even with just 1 day in Aosta you can still see the city’s biggest tourist attractions as well as experience the culture that makes this little town tick. Prepare to say, “OMG this place is SO cute” for 12 straight hours.

Wake up at Latteria 37

Begin your 1 day in Aosta with a cappuccino and a cream-filled croissant at Latteria 37. This cute little bakery is on one of Aosta’s main commercial streets and opens before everything else.

The staff is friendly (and so are the drinks) and the food is great and fast. If Italy does anything with a sense of urgency, it’s caffeine.

Latteria 37 Address: Via Porta Pretoria 37, Aosta

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Aosta tourism office / Porta Praetoria

Next, stop by the Aosta tourism office for more information and the resources you’ll need for your 1 day in Aosta. Here you can pick up a map of the town, an Aosta guide that lists all the things to do in Aosta, purchase a Culture Pass, and probably pet a puppy or two.

Valle d’Aosta Culture Pass

The Valle d’Aosta Culture Pass is a ticket you can purchase for just 7€ that gets you into the city’s top four tourist attractions:

  • the Roman Theater
  • the Forensic Cryptoporticus
  • the Early Christian Basilica of San Lorenzo
  • and the Regional Archaeological Museum.
  • All for 7 euros. OMG this place is SO cute.

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The tourism office itself is located in one of the city’s oldest structures: the Porta Praetoria . The Porta Praetoria was once the main gate into the city and built in 25 BC. You can still see the gate’s three openings: one for carriages and the other two for pedestrians (and their pooches, apparently).

Aosta Tourism Office Address: Piazza Porta Praetoria, Aosta

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Arch of Augustus

Further down the same road (Via Porta Pretoria—it’s a small town ok?) the street turns into a rotary surrounding an enormous and visibly ancient stone arch—the Arch of Augustus.

The Romans constructed the Arch of Augustus in 25 BC as a monument dedicated to and following their victory over a Celtic tribe called the Salassi. Throughout history it has served as a home for a noble family, a fortification, and a super elaborate storage unit. If even the lords and ladies of the Middle Ages had a place to store their junk then I don’t see why I can’t store my boxes of childhood crap in my parents’ garage for a few more years. 

Today, a copy of a wooden crucifix from 1449 hangs as an offering to stop the nearby river from flooding. (The original is in one of Aosta’s museums.) And speaking of weird things the Buthier River has done…

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Pont de Pierre

Continue straight through the Arch of Augustus ( if on foot —huge side note right there), cross over the river, and you’ll find yourself on the Pont de Pierre, an equally ancient stone bridge. An ancient Roman bridge with a French name pretty much sums up Aosta, a town where you can buy potted edelweiss on the sidewalk while getting stared at by an old woman on a balcony at the same time. 

The Pont de Pierre is a perfectly preserved Roman segmental arch bridge that also dates back to the reign of Augustus. It used to span the nearby Buthier River (which is actually referred to as a mountain torrent ’round these parts) but, ever since the river changed course in the Middle Ages, now just spans a lovely piece of grass in between some houses. I imagine the river being like, “Meh… I like it better over there.”

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Collegiate Church of Sant Orso

Like I always say, when passing an ancient church while in Italy, you must go inside. Not for religious reasons or to find out if I will, indeed, burst into flames as has been insinuated on so many occasions. Really, I’m just the nerdiest of all history nerds and inside centuries-old churches in Italy is my nerdy happy place.

This church, as old as it is, was actually completely rebuilt in the 9 th century with the bell tower dating to the year 989.

Inside you can see 15 th century frescoes, relics of Saints Gratus (patron saint of both Aosta and of vineyards, hip-hip-hooray!) and Ursus (who the church was named after) down in the crypt, and original Roman mosaics through glass windows in the floor.

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Roman Theater

The Roman Theater is Aosta’s crown tourism jewel. It, too, was built during the reign of Augustus in the 1 st century, which is exactly how I feel about myself every time I watch the Grammys. What you can see today is just the southern façade of the theater, but there are numerous ruins to explore inside the complex. (And cats! I honestly don’t think Roman ruins could survive without cats.)

The highlight of Aosta sightseeing, the Roman Theater also still serves as a theater for outdoor musical and theatrical performances today. Grammys be damned!

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1 day in Aosta: Where to eat lunch

Because I actually ate two lunches in Aosta, I have two recommendations for you. Both spots are cheap, easy, and delizioso/délicieux!

Caffe Anfiteatro

A great spot for a sit-down lunch of simple sandwiches and phenomenal people-watching. (Because, if you don’t already know, people watching in the Italian public is the best people watching.) Caffe Anfiteatro has outdoor seating right there on Via Porta Pretoria

Il Capriccio

Keep walking until the Arch of Augustus is directly in front of you, now look to your right. Right there on the corner of the rotary is a walk-up pizza window with delicious and quick offerings.

These walk-up pizza joints in Italy are some of my favorite ways to eat in Italy. They’re quick, they’re no-fuss, and the food is both good and cheap.

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Forensic Cryptoporticus

After lunch we headed to the Forensic Cryptoporticus. Despite this place having the word ‘forensic’ in the name, no one even knows what this place is for or why it was built. But damn it’s cool.

The Forensic Cryptoporticus dates back to—yeah—the times of Augustus and no one really knows what its purpose was. It’s believed to have been a warehouse for military storage, but also as just a way to level out the city, in a roundabout way.

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Eventually, they simply used it as cellars throughout time. There’s a chance you’ll find Augustus’s old stuffed animals and polyester tops from Wet Seal in a trunk down here somewhere. Don’t worry, he’ll go through them “the next time he’s in town.” Which is why you’re having to chip away at them with a fossil brush. 

Today you can tour the underground areas and see some active archaeological digs and ruins among other things.

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Regional Archaeology Museum

Next up was a visit to the Regional Archaeology Museum—a museum that has, get this, archaeological artifacts from the region.

This museum has a ton of exhibits with tons of artifacts, and the building itself is built over ancient ruins you can see through windows in the floor and walls. There’s a large variety of, umm, things going on… made even more confusing by the fact that the displays are only explained in French and Italian and at some point there was some stuff about the Smurfs in there. The Smurfs. Give that a second. 

Regardless, the staff is friendly, the place is interesting, and admission is included in your Culture Pass.

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Passegiatta & Aosta’s Main Square

Now that the sightseeing portion of your 1 day in Aosta has come to end, it’s time to unwind Italian style. Though this little town is unique in its own way, there’s still one solid Italian tradition that happens every night: passegiatta.

Passegiatta is a “leisurely stroll” taken in small Italian towns such as this one, around dusk… simply for the act of strolling. It’s a way to shop, get some fresh air, and socialize since you know everyone here knows everyone else .

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Passegiatta is maybe my favorite thing about traveling in Italy. Grab yourself a gelato and simply wander through the streets of town—there are a million ways to be entertained. And most of them have their shirts unbuttoned to their navels.

During your 1 day in Aosta, you must spend some time in and around Piazza Emile Channoux, Aosta’s main square. There are shops and monuments and, when we were there in August, an absolutely massive board game festival . Witnessing this, and the city-wide scavenger hunt, was awesome to experience as an outsider. (Okay, maybe this is a city for nerds.)

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Dinner at Ristorante Pizzeria Belvedere

During your passegiatta you can search for a place to eat dinner, or simply take my recommendation of Ristorante Pizzeria Belvedere because, when the first thing on an Italian menu is “lard,” you know you in the right place.

Pizzeria Belvedere serves amazing food, as you would expect from an Italian town of this lack-of-magnitude. We loved the outdoor seating and, of course, the people watching and listening to our new favorite street performer rocking out.

The service was great, they have menus in English, and your whole dinner experience will be watched over from a wise balcony cat. What more could you ask for?

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Hope you enjoyed this look at what you can do with 1 day in Aosta, Italy!

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Jagged Alpine peaks rise like marble cathedrals above the regional capital Aosta, a once-important Roman settlement that retains a charming historic centre, while also sprawling rather untidily across the valley floor. Bounced around between Burgundy (France) and Savoy (Italy) in the Middle Ages, the modern town remains bilingual, with a Valdostan culture that can be heard in its musical local dialect and simple but hearty cuisine.

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Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta

Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta

The neoclassical facade of Aosta's cathedral belies the impressive Gothic interior. Inside, the carved 15th-century walnut-wood choir stalls are…

Museo Archeologico Regionale

Museo Archeologico Regionale

Aosta’s little city museum does an excellent job of detailing the city’s Roman history with a scale model of Aosta’s Roman layout plus various…

Porta Praetoria

Porta Praetoria

Aosta's main Roman gate.

Chiesa di Sant'Orso

Chiesa di Sant'Orso

This intriguing church is part of a still-operating monastery. The church dates back to the 10th century but was altered on several occasions, notably in…

Basilica Paleocristiana di San Lorenzo

Basilica Paleocristiana di San Lorenzo

Beneath the old parish church of the village, you can glimpse the dusty layers of early Christian history. Excavations have revealed a small cruciform…

Criptoportico Forense

Criptoportico Forense

What remains of the city's Augustan forum mostly lies beneath the 'modern' piazza, although you can visit its colonnaded underground walkway (known as a…

Roman Bridge

Roman Bridge

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Teatro Romano

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Aosta Travel Guide

Main town in valle d'aosta.

Aosta is the principal city in Valle d’Aosta, Italy’s smallest region. It’s a beautiful, mountainous region dotted with tiny towns and castles. Aosta was originally a megalithic settlement and it became a Roman colony in 25 BC. The town retains its original Roman grid pattern and Roman remains are still visible. Aosta’s huge main square has several attractive buildings including the city hall and the historic Caffe Nazionale and the historic center has interesting medieval sights.

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Plan Your Visit to Aosta

Aosta can be reached by train from Turin, taking about 2 hours and changing trains in Ivrea. From the train station it’s a short walk into the historic center. Buses to other towns are in front of the station. By car, Aosta is off the A5 autostrada that runs between Turin and the Mont Blanc tunnel, a beautiful route with views of the mountains. Traffic is restricted in the center but there are convenient parking lots.

We stayed at the small 3-star Hotel Cecchin by the Roman bridge, just outside the historic center. The hotel’s cantina is actually part of the bridge.

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  • Aosta’s Roman sites include a Roman Bridge, Arco d’Augusta (a Roman arch honoring Augustus), a first century Roman theater where concerts are held in summer, and Porta Pretoria , the town gate. The first century Tour Fromage , the Cheese Tower, is next to the theater. Other Roman and medieval towers and parts of the old city walls can be seen at the edges of the historic center. The Roman Forum , including a marketplace and baths, has been excavated and is open to the public (admission charge). Artifacts and ancient coins can be seen in the archaeological museum .

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  • Originally built in the fourth century, the current cathedral dates from the eleventh century but you can see remains of the older church and Roman ruins in the crypt. Inside the cathedral are frescoes and a mosaic floor.
  • The medieval Monumental Complex of Sant’Orso , Collegiata di Sant’Orso , was originally a monastery. It includes the Church of San Lorenzo, founded in the fifth century, a Romanesque cloister and a chapel with frescoes.
  • One the Italy’s top historic caffes, the Caffe Nazionale (closed Monday), in operation since 1886, is on the main square, Piazza Emile Chanoux . Long ago there was a church on this site, and there is actually a chapel inside the caffe, built as a private sanctuary for the dukes of Aosta.
  • Along the main road leading from Porta Pretoria to the main square you’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. Next to Porta Pretoria is the tourist office where you can pick up a map of the city and other useful information.
  • The megalithic area of Saint-Martin de Corleans is out of town to the west.
  • Fiera de Sant’Orso is a large crafts fair featuring music, plays, and dances held in Aosta on the last two days of January since the year 1000. From mid-December through January 6 there’s a good Christmas market in the town center.

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Places to Go Near Aosta

Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), the Matterhorn, Great Saint Bernard, and Gran Paradiso are the top places to ski near Aosta, but there are many other ski resorts nearby. The easiest to get to is Pila , reached by cable car from near Aosta’s train station. It’s also a nice place to go in summer for hiking and views.

Many castles are near Aosta. One of the best is Fenis, about 10 miles to the east along the autostrada.

Find more places to go in these guide books: Aosta Valley Itineraries Walking and Treking in the Gran Paradiso

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Aosta ( French : Aoste ) is the capital of Italian autonomous region of Aosta Valley . The town is in a small valley with houses going up the slopes of the surrounding mountains.

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The Roman colony of Augusta Praetoria Salassorum was founded by the general Marcus Terentius Varro, who conquered it from the Salassi tribe in 25 BC. The colony housed 3,000 retired veterans. After 11 BC Augusta Praetoria became the capital of the Alpes Graies ("Grey Alps") province of the Roman Empire . Its position, at the confluence of two rivers, at the end of the Great and the Little St Bernard passes, gave it considerable military importance, and its layout was that of a Roman military camp.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the city was ruled successively by the Burgundians, the Ostrogoths, the Byzantines and the Lombards (who had annexed it to their Italian kingdom but were later expelled by the Frankish Empire under Pepin the Short). Pepin's son, Charlemagne made Aosta an important post on the Via Francigena , leading from Aachen to Italy . Later it belonged to the kingdom of Savoy.

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By plane: the nearest commercial airport is Turin TRN, with flights across Europe and within Italy. Aosta can also be reached from the Milan / Bergamo airports, and from Geneva GVA via the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Aosta's own airport handles private aviation but is too small and hemmed in by mountains for regular flights.

By train: Trains run hourly to Ivrea, 80 mins. These connect immediately with trains to Turin Porta Susa and may be shown on timetables and displays as through trains, but usually it's a change. For Milan and elsewhere in Italy, take the train towards Turin but change at Chivasso. Aosta is now the terminus of the line up the valley - trains no longer run further up to Pré-Saint-Didier. 45.734167 7.3225 1 Aosta railway station is just south of town centre.

By bus: three Savda buses per day link Aosta with Turin Porta Susa and Porta Nuova, taking two hours. Two of them extend west to Pré-Saint-Didier and Courmayeur.

By car: The main road up the valley is Autoroute A5 (toll) from Turin, with a crosslink to A4 from Milan. It bypasses town to the south and continues west up the valley (mostly in tunnel) to Pré-Saint-Didier (turn-off for Little St Bernard pass, summer only, via La Thuile to Bourg-Saint-Maurice in France) and Courmayeur, where it enters the Mont Blanc tunnel to Chamonix in France.

The old valley road SS26 skirts Aosta to the north, with SS27 branching north to climb the Great Saint Bernard pass and tunnel (open year-round) to Martigny in Switzerland.

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Aosta is a small town and, for the tourist, everything can be easily visited on foot.

The bottom 45.727 7.32 2 cable-car station for Pila ski resort is at Charvensod, 500 m south of Aosta railway station. A shuttle bus hairpins up the hill in the evenings when the cable-car isn't running.

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  • Via Sant' Anselmo is Aosta's pleasant traffic-free main street, stretching from the Augustus Arch and river bridge at its east end, through the great Roman gateway of Porta Praetoria midway, Town Hall in Piazza Emile Chanoux, to end in the west at Piazza della Repubblica. All the main sights are along or just off this stretch.
  • Collegiata dei Santi Pietro e Orso at 14 Via Sant'Orso is a charming church, part of a still-functioning monastery. It dates to 10th century but is mostly 15th. There are notable frescoes and Gothic choir stalls, and a Romanesque cloister fronted by a later loggia.
  • Basilica di San Lorenzo at 12 Via Sant'Orso is now an art space.

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  • Ski: Pila is a small family-oriented ski resort just south of Aosta, you can drive up or take the cable-car from Charvensod. Pistes run from 2700 m down to 1765 m. Wooded and mostly intermediate / red standard, great views, but also a good choice for poor-viz days. It's often included on the lift passes of other nearby resorts, such as La Thuile and Courmayeur.
  • Mountain trekking, Alpinism, Rafting, traditional woodworks
  • Saint Ursus' Fair ( Fiera di Sant'Orso ) is held in town centre end of January, every year since 1000 AD. Dates for 2020 are not yet announced.

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Aosta is a good place to stock up on local food products and wines.

  • Gros Cidac , Via Paravera 4 ( South of railway tracks at west end of town ). Daily 07:30-20:30 . Large supermarket, with a good selection of local foods, wines and spirits. ( updated Mar 2019 )

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It can be difficult finding a good restaurant open between 2 pm and 7 pm in Aosta. If you want to eat early, it'll be pizza, kebabs or similar fast food.

All restaurants offer a fixed price menu (menu turistico / menu a prezzo fisso) which is not very exciting but is good if you're watching the euros. Keep your receipt, the police sometimes check.

Lots of local specialities - look for the word "Valdostana" or "Valdôtaine" in the names of dishes. Carbonade is ground beef meat roasted in red wine. Fontina cheese is made locally. Tegole are sweet thin biscuits.

  • Hostaria del Calvino , Rue Croix-de-Ville 24 , ☏ +39 349 705 1804 . W-M 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-23:00, Tu 12:00-15:00 . Good pizza, local beer and friendly service. ( updated Mar 2019 )
  • Pam Pam , Rue Guillaume Mallet 5-7 . Tu-Sa 12:30-14:00 & 19:30-22:00 . Small restaurant, nice ambiance, local specialities. ( updated Mar 2019 )
  • Moderno , Via Édouard Aubert 21 . F-W 12:00-15:00, 18:30-22:30 . Pizza & pasta favourites. ( updated Mar 2019 )
  • Ulisse , via Édouard Aubert 58 . Th-Tu 12:00-14:30, 18:45-22.30 . Traditional Valdostan specialties. ( updated Mar 2019 )
  • Not that you'll admit to wanting a change from Italian, but there are two Japanese eateries in town. These are Oishi Sushi at 74 Via Edouard Aubert, and I-Sushi at 45 Via B. Festaz.

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Notable local wines include the white Blanc de Morgex et La Salle . Genepy is a strong olive-coloured liqueur, herbal and sweeter than absinthe, usually drunk neat.

  • Old Distillery Pub , 7 Via Pres Fossees . M-Sa 18:00-02:00, Su 06:00-00:00 . English pub with range of beers and food. ( updated Mar 2019 )
  • Bar Haiti is north side of the centre near the hospital, at 1 Corso Saint Martin de Corleans.

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  • Le Reve Charmant is a small chalet B&B at Via Vaudan Marchè 6, west end of the pedestrianised centre.
  • B&B Al Nabuisson , 50 Rue Édouard Aubert , ☏ +39 339 609 0332 . Good central location, friendly staff speak English and French. Free WiFi. ( updated Mar 2019 )
  • 45.743 7.33 1 Hotel Milleluci , 15 Strada Porossan , ☏ +39 0165 235278 . Farmhouse-chalet going on palatial film-set, this luxury hotel is in the hills looking over the "thousand lights" of the town below. B&B double £180 . ( updated Mar 2019 )

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On your trip to the Italian peninsula, you can certainly not miss an in-depth tour of the Aosta Valley.

The Aosta Valley region is a border region, rich in natural beauty and monuments, witnesses of an ancient and glorious history.

We have prepared a list of the most important places to see, to allow you to face this new adventure in the best way. Good continuation!

10. Castel Savoia: a fairytale place

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Your journey in the Aosta Valley begins with a fairytale place. It is the castle of Queen Margherita of Savoy , built at the end of the 19th century at the foot of Colle Ranzola.

Of particular interest are the five spiked towers which give the structure its "fairytale appearance".

Inside, the ground floor and the main floor are to be visited carefully.

9. Verres Castle: a simple and powerful structure

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Continue your journey in search of the fascinating manors of the Aosta Valley : next step is, in fact, the Verres Castle , a military fortress built in the fourteenth century.

The building has a characteristic "monovolume" structure in that it appears from the outside as a single, powerful block, with no decorations whatsoever. A structure as simple as it is powerful!

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8. In Val Ferret: in close contact with nature

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For nature lovers traveling in Valle d'Aosta, a sortie in Val Ferret , north of the Courmayeur basin, is mandatory.

You have two options: in winter, you can have fun with the many ski resorts available; in summer, however, the place turns into an outdoor farm, where numerous cows with "precious milk" graze.

Please, try absolutely "la fontina", an exquisite local cheese.

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7. The Forte di Bard: a bastion of the Savoy

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Another unmissable destination of your tour in Valle d'Aosta is the Forte di Bard , built on a fortress near the Dora Baltea. The place housed a stronghold, already at the time of Theodoric, in the 6th century AD, a building which was then completely rebuilt by the Savoy in the 19th century.

Today, after long restoration works, the structure houses the Museum of the Alps.

6. The Gran Paradiso National Park: the oldest park in Italy

What to see in Valle d'Aosta - Gran Paradiso

Among the many natural beauties of the region, the Gran Paradiso National Park certainly deserves a place of honor: established in 1922, the park is the oldest in Italy. Its vast surface - more than seventy thousand hectares - is home to a large variety of plant and animal species. Above all, however, the ibex dominates, a symbol par excellence of the Gran Paradiso.

In the hamlet of Ceresole Reale there is also Chalet del Lago , the perfect place for an unforgettable stay in the Park, because it's close to the ski slopes and in an ideal position for nice trips by bike or on foot.

5. The Baths of Pré-Saint-Didier: a miraculous cure

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The thermal springs of Pré-Saint-Didier were already known to the ancient Romans; a first spa was built in the seventeenth century, but the structure we see today was built only from the nineteenth century.

The healthy and beneficial waters, which gush near the famous Orrido waterfall, will be an authentic cure-all for you and will give you the strength to continue your adventure.

4. Aosta: Northern Rome

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The capital and undisputed queen of the region is Aosta , the bulwark of the ancient civilization of Rome. In fact, the city is rich in archaeological remains that testify to its glorious past, such as the theater, the bridge, the amphitheater and above all the Arch of Augustus . But there are also more recent monuments such as the Romanesque Complex of S.Orso and the Cathedral, built starting from the 11th century, a symbol of the city's religious devotion.

For a totally relaxing holiday, in a nature that's spectacular every day of the year, you may choose   Relais du Berger , a lovely mountain view hotel. 

3. On Mont Blanc: walking around perennial ice

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A trip to the Aosta Valley is unthinkable without a thorough visit of the majestic Mont Blanc .

You have two choices. The first is the so-called Mont Blanc Tour , which stretches for almost 170 kilometers and crosses over into France and Switzerland. The second is a ride on the Skyway , the special rotating cable car that will allow you to admire the perennial ice of the colossal mountain.

2. The Mont Avic Natural Park: the embrace of Nature

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Another stop not to be missed for nature lovers is the Mont Avic Natural Park, bordering the Gran Paradiso Park. An excursion on Mont Avic will allow you to admire a large amount of unspoiled landscapes and immerse yourself in the unspoiled nature of the place, among beech and pine trees, in the company of chamois and ibex. We also recommend a trip to the lakes of Champdepraz and Champorcer.

An excellent starting point to visit this wonderful park is Le Village hotel, near to Champdepratz.

1. The Sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Guérison: the Light of Faith

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Your journey in the Aosta Valley ends with a mystical experience: a visit to the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Guérison , near Courmayeur, close to the Brenva Glacier.

The Sanctuary was built in the nineteenth century to preserve a statue of the Madonna venerated since the seventeenth century, a relic preserved in a small chapel later destroyed by the advance of the glacier. The holy place was much loved by Pope John Paul II and is a pilgrimage destination for "miraculous climbers".

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    Aosta Valley Map and Travel Guide. Italy's Aosta Valley, or Valle d'Aosta, region is the smallest of Italy's 20 regions. It contains much of Italy's first National Park, the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso. The Valle d'Aosta is a wonderful place to ski in winter and hike in summer. The region has many picturesque mountain villages, small ...

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    Aosta Tourist Map Click to see large Description: This map shows tourist information centers, public toilets, pedestrian zones, parking lots, hotels, points of interest, tourist attractions and sightseeings in Aosta.

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    6. Eat Fontina Cheese. Fontina is a mountain cheese made from the milk of Valdostana cows. Aosta Valley is the only region officially authorized to produce Fontina since it has DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) status. To make Fontina, cheesemakers must use just-milked raw milk that hasn't been treated in any way.

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    What's on this map. We've made the ultimate tourist map of. Aosta, Italy for travelers!. Check out Aosta's top things to do, attractions, restaurants, and major transportation hubs all in one interactive map. How to use the map. Use this interactive map to plan your trip before and while in. Aosta.Learn about each place by clicking it on the map or read more in the article below.

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    Beautiful Places to Visit in Aosta Valley, Italy Aosta City. While the capital city of this region wasn't the highlight of my trip, Aosta is still worth visiting for its historic center and Roman landmarks, giving it the nickname "The Rome of the Alps." Thanks to its history as the Roman colony of Augusta Praetoria Salassorum and its well-preserved monuments, people flock to see its ...

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    Official Valle d'Aosta tourism website. Find info and make online bookings for a holiday amid the highest mountains in Europe. the official tourism website for the Aosta Valley. iOS App. Android App. ... Map. Pagina a cura dell' Department of Tourism, Sport and Commerce

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    Aosta tourism office / Porta Praetoria. Next, stop by the Aosta tourism office for more information and the resources you'll need for your 1 day in Aosta. Here you can pick up a map of the town, an Aosta guide that lists all the things to do in Aosta, purchase a Culture Pass, and probably pet a puppy or two. Valle d'Aosta Culture Pass

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    Aosta. Italy, Europe. Jagged Alpine peaks rise like marble cathedrals above the regional capital Aosta, a once-important Roman settlement that retains a charming historic centre, while also sprawling rather untidily across the valley floor. Bounced around between Burgundy (France) and Savoy (Italy) in the Middle Ages, the modern town remains ...

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    Aosta Cathedral. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is the most important and oldest religious building in Aosta: founded at the end of the fourth century, it stands in the ancient Roman area of Augusta Praetoria: here was, in fact, the sacred area of the Roman Forum. The building dominates the city thanks to its two bell towers, which 60 ...

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    An important ski tourism draw the world over, Courmayeur, in Valle d'Aosta, is known for both its beauty and hospitality. This ancient village weaves that authentic Alpine atmosphere into its entire being: the visitor can feel it whether walking through its main streets - such as the central Via Roma - or getting lost in its most hidden corners.

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    Next to Porta Pretoria is the tourist office where you can pick up a map of the city and other useful information. The megalithic area of Saint-Martin de Corleans is out of town to the west. Fiera de Sant'Orso is a large crafts fair featuring music, plays, and dances held in Aosta on the last two days of January since the year 1000.

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    Aosta is a quiet, charming town that lovingly preserves important traces of its extensive history. It boasts a rich, captivating artistic heritage along with pristine landscapes: from Monte Emilius to the historic villages, churches and castles, undoubtedly among the most beautiful in Italy. It is the ideal destination at any time of year.

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    45°44′0″N 7°19′0″E. Map of Aosta. Aosta is a small town and, for the tourist, everything can be easily visited on foot. The bottom 2 cable-car station for Pila ski resort is at Charvensod, 500 m south of Aosta railway station. A shuttle bus hairpins up the hill in the evenings when the cable-car isn't running.

  15. THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Aosta (Updated 2024)

    See all. These rankings are informed by traveller reviews—we consider the quality, quantity, recency, consistency of reviews, and the number of page views over time. 2023. 1. Teatro Romano. 1,803. Ancient Ruins. The Aostan Roman Theatre stands out for its straight southern facade measuring 22 meters in height.

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    10. Castel Savoia: a fairytale place. Your journey in the Aosta Valley begins with a fairytale place. It is the castle of Queen Margherita of Savoy, built at the end of the 19th century at the foot of Colle Ranzola. Of particular interest are the five spiked towers which give the structure its "fairytale appearance".

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  19. Tourist Office

    Sale of the touristic card Aosta Valley Card; Sale and renewal of Piemonte/Lombardia+Aosta Valley Museum Passes; Sale of hiking maps of the Aosta Valley and gadgets with the tourist logo; Sale of Via Francigena and Cammino Balteo guides (stamps for credits) Reservation of workshops and organised activities; Opening days and hours. 9.00-19.00

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    World Map » Italy » Region » Aosta Valley » Aosta Valley Tourist Map. Aosta Valley tourist map Click to see large. ... print or use the above map for educational, personal and non-commercial purposes. Attribution is required. For any website, blog, scientific research or e-book, you must place a hyperlink (to this page) with an attribution ...

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    Detailed Map of Aosta. ... Aosta Tourist Map. 2466x2610px / 1.37 Mb Go to Map. Aosta Old Town Map. 2464x1670px / 845 Kb Go to Map. About Aosta. The Facts: Region: Aosta Valley. Population: ~ 35,000. Last Updated: November 29, 2023  Maps of Italy. Italy maps;

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    For each location, ViaMichelin city maps allow you to display classic mapping elements (names and types of streets and roads) as well as more detailed information: pedestrian streets, building numbers, one-way streets, administrative buildings, the main local landmarks (town hall, station, post office, theatres, etc.).You can also display car parks in Aosta, real-time traffic information and ...

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    Map of Aosta - detailed map of Aosta Are you looking for the map of Aosta? Find any address on the map of Aosta or calculate your itinerary to and from Aosta, find all the tourist attractions and Michelin Guide restaurants in Aosta. The ViaMichelin map of Aosta: get the famous Michelin maps, the result of more than a century of mapping ...