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The second Rome

Aosta Valley is filled with historic sights: The Aosta city is called the second Rome, because of the many Roman remains that still stand today and give the city its character. Scattered around the valley are several castles from where the area was once controlled. In addition to a unique view, you can really get an impression of life during medieval times.

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Italy's highest mountain In the valleys run many small brooks with ice-cold mountain water from the glaciers. In Aosta you will find many traditional old towns and castles surrounded by high mountain peaks. Aosta is also rich in historical attractions. Here you will find Italy's highest mountain, Monte Bianco with its 4810 metres above sea level. The mountain dominates the western part of the region and the famous ski resort of Courmayeur. Just off the swiss border in St. Benhardts you can visit the monks monastery hostel where Catholic monks have farmed and trained the wise rescue dogs - Saint Bernhardt since the 11th century.

Active holiday

The area is known for its two mountains in particular that are Monte Cervinia - also known as the Matterhorn and Monte Bianco. Find your natural paradise with a holiday in Aosta and discover the mountains yourselves. There are many hiking trails of varying difficulty and length, and a pretty demanding off-road territory for cross country and downhill mountain biking, though there are also 1000 km of country roads also for road biking.

A few useful links for hiking and biking in Aosta: Here you can find a good list of hiking trails in Aosta that will take you through valleys, up and down the mountains, and through fascinating towns along the ancient coastline. Here you can find a variety of road cycling routes & off-road mountain biking routes in Aosta. This link will also give you information on climbing, mountaineering, rafting and more.

History

Aosta has always enjoyed an important strategic position because of its geographical location. The Romans first made Aosta into a fortress. Since then many other nations and peoples have influenced the region.

Sun and sea

If a swim is needed during your stay in Aosta, a swimming pool or a cool dip in a river will have to suffice.

Nature

If the purpose of coming to Aosta is to experience nature you will not be disappointed. Skiing is popular during the winter, and in summer hiking and mountain biking are popular in the valleys. The area is known for its two mountains in particular that are Monte Cervinia - also known as the Matterhorn - and Monte Bianco - better known as Mont Blanc. Find your natural paradise with a holiday in Aosta and discover the mountains yourselves. There are many hiking trails of varying difficulty and length, and a pretty demanding off-road territory for cross country and downhill mountain biking, though there are 1000 km of country roads also for road biking.

Food and wine

The food in Aosta could be described as typical mountain food. The food features quite heavy dishes with butter and cream used more frequently than olive oil.

Fish and seafood
In certain areas, crayfish from the rivers and freshwater fish like trout are available, but because of its location traditional dishes are based mainly on meat.

Meat, game and poultry
Meat is very popular. In Aosta deer, hare and wild mountain goat are especially sought after. Veal is also widely available.

Sausages and ham
Jambon de Bosses is a gorgeous air-dried ham made in the Alpine highlands. Lardo di Arnad is also a terrific product made of air-dried lard with added rosemary.

Cheese
Toma de Gressoney is the best-known cheese from Aosta. It is made in the Alps and has a long maturing potential. The cheese is made from milk obtained from cows which graze on the green clad mountainside.

Fontina is another well-known cheese from Aosta, but it is also made in the neighbouring Piedmont region towards the south.

Sweets
Mountain honey from Aosta is often used in local deserts and combined with the many berries growing wild in the region. Butter biscuits are also widely available.

Wine and vineyards
Aosta has some of the highest located vineyards in Europe. Many lesser-known grape varieties are grown here, but some of the great French grapes are also widespread in the region.

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