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Valle d'Aosta

Welcome to the Destination Valle d’Aosta page on blueguides.com. An e-guide to the region is available for download. The region also forms part of the forthcoming Blue Guide Northern Italy.

Valle d'Aosta

Valle d’Aosta is a tiny region on the borders of Italy, France and Switzerland, preserving a distinct culture, language and cuisine. Its main valley has always been a thoroughfare: for Romans it was the main route to Transalpine Gaul; for early Christians, the crooked pathways across the Great St Bernard Pass took them from northern Europe to the great pilgrimage city of Rome. Today it is famous for its ski resorts, for its national parks (the ibex is an indigenous species), its abundant wild flowers and its large number of fortified feudal residences, military garrisons and royal retreats. There are plenty of Roman remains, too, notably in the main town of Aosta itself. The photograph above shows a section of deeply rutted Roman road near the southern part of the valley, with the modern highway running alongside, following an identical course. The slim column on the right is a Roman milestone.

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