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Roman legions built Aosta as a way-station for troops on their way to Rome’s colonies in Gaul, and so grand was their city in the valley of the Dora Baltea River that it was called the “Rome of the Alps.” Impressive Roman remains lure travelers today, as does the stunning ecclesiastical complex of Sant'Orso, highlighted by the intricate stone carving in its cloister. From the south side of the river rises the Gran Paradiso National Park, protecting Italy’s highest peaks and the wild landscapes between them. Inside the park is the attractive village or Cogne, where a short hike leads to the tiny settlement at the impressive waterfall, Cascata ...

Roman legions built Aosta as a way-station for troops on their way to Rome’s colonies in Gaul, and so grand was their city in the valley of the Dora Baltea River that it was called the “Rome of the Alps.” Impressive Roman remains lure travelers today, as does the stunning ecclesiastical complex of Sant'Orso, highlighted by the intricate stone carving in its cloister. From the south side of the river rises the Gran Paradiso National Park, protecting Italy’s highest peaks and the wild landscapes between them. Inside the park is the attractive village or Cogne, where a short hike leads to the tiny settlement at the impressive waterfall, Cascata di Lillaz. The entire valley is popular with hikers in the summer, who come for the magnificent trails and scenery here and on the slopes of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn (which in Italy is known as Cervino). The best view of this mountain is reflected in the alpine Lago Bleu. All along the valley are delightful small castles to visit, including Castello Reale, Aymavilles and Fenis Castle.

Barbara Rogers
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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: A mountainous region in north-western Italy, Valle d'Aosta is bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north and the region of Piedmont to the south and east.
  • Language: Italian, Valdôtain, French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    July-August for hiking and climbing