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Valle d'Aosta Map and Travel Resources

Use Our Map of the Valle d'Aosta to Plan Your Vacation

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

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Valle d'Aosta Map © James Martin, Europe for Visitors

Getting to the Valle d'Aosta

The main road through the Valle d'Aosta is the A5, which continues to Milan and Torino after Pont St. 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 St. Bernard Pass (Petite St. Bernard) 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 over 30 Euros for a car (check for current tolls). The tunnel links the the valleys of Chamonix (France) and Courmayeur (Italy). A ride through the Mont Blanc tunnel takes 12 minutes at 60 km/hr, signed speed is maximum 70 Km/h.

Aosta

Aosta is the largest city in Valle d'Aosta. Aosta is an ancient Roman town, as evidenced by its grid system. There are many Roman ruins to see in Aost. The Main Piazza is quite attractive and hosts one of Italy's best historic caffes, the Caffe Nazionale which has been around since 1886. For more on the fascinating Aosta, see our Aosta Travel Planning Guide.

Gran Paradiso National Park

Gran Paradiso National Park, Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, was once the royal hunting ground of the House of Savoy. Mt. 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. Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso official site.

Alps of Valle d'Aosta

The Valle d'Aosta shares the chain of Alps with Switzerland to the north and France to the west. Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) and the Matterhorn are the tallest mountains and usually have snow year round providing lots of opportunity for winter sports as well as scenic beauty. Read more about Skiing and Winter Sports in Italy.

Pont St. Martin

Pont St. 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.

St. Vincent

St. 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.

Valtournanche to Champoluc

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.

Cuisine of the Valle d'Aosta

The cuisine of the Valle d'Aosta 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 region, too.

Near Valle D'Aosta

Valle D'Aosta is bordered by the Italian region of Piemonte, made famous during the 2006 winter Olympics. Piemonte is known for its excellent cuisine and for winter skiing. Turin, the capital of Piemonte, is an elegant city with Baroque cafes and architecture, museums, cultural events, and good restaurants. More on the Piemonte region and Turin.

North of Valle D'Aosta is Zermatt, Switzerland, a car-free medieval village known as one of the top ski resorts in Europe. To the west is France.

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