Accommodation in Valle d'Aosta areas:Aosta
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Tucked into the north-west corner of Italy, the tiny region of Valle d'Aosta is fringed by the Swiss and French Alps, spreading over a series of deep mountain valleys. Home to the Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco) and Great St. Bernard tunnels, Valle d'Aosta may be your first, or last, sight of Italy as you travel between the Alpine region and its French and Swiss neighbours.
Skiing is, unsurprisingly, big business. Excellent resorts such as Courmayer, Cervinia, Pila, La Thuile and Cogne cater to downhill and cross-country skiers, and mountaineers, climbers and hikers. All are drawn by clean air, spectacular scenery, and excellent hotels and holiday villas. There are spectacular mountains such as Monte Bianco, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn; Roman remains; and fairytale castles which, in medieval times, defended this strategic entry to Italy. South of the lovely little capital of Aosta runs the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso ... Italy's first national park (1922), and absolutely stunning.
Valle d'Aosta is bilingual, and there are dialects based on French and German. You'll find road signs and menus in French and Italian, while the pretty Alpine chalets that dot the hills evoke Switzerland more than Italy.