Valle d’Aosta ~ Vallée d’Aoste ~ Aosta Valley

Aosta Valley-Valle d’Aosta-Vallée d’Aoste

Coat of arms of Aosta Valley

Tucked away in the NW corner of Italy is a magical valley that fairy tales are made of. Filled with fortressed castles from days past and vineyards to delight today’s palate, the Val d’Aoste (modern French name) can easily fill days of exploration.

To the north it borders the Swiss Valais, the Piedmont to the south and east and the French Rhone Alps to the west.

The Aosta Valley is distinguished by being the smallest, least populous, and least densely populated region of Italy. One will hear French, Italian and the Valdotain dialect. 

History runs deep here running back to the Celts and Ligurians. Rome got in on a piece of this region and Roman ruins are common in the capital city of Aosta. The tug of war between the French and Italians throughout history ended after Mussolini and WWII when it became its own autonomous region.

This summer our Magical Corners of the Mont Blanc Massif will take a day off from hiking to visit the Aosta Valley with Italian sommelier and mountaineer, Stefano Corgnati. His knowledge of the castles of the valley and unusual vintner practices and varietals makes for a colorful day. Salut!

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