Aosta is a beautiful city and valley in Italy, close to the borders of Switzerland and France. Aside from a rich Italian medieval history, it is also known for its ski resorts and adventure tours. Read on to learn about the best things to do in the area!
1. Gran Paradiso National Park
This stunning, forested area in the valley offers views of nature and an abundance of wildlife. In addition to this, Gran Paradiso holds the distinct honour of being Italy’s first National Park. There are also simple hiking trails throughout the natural landscapes, as well as bicycle trails for both cycling and nature lovers.
Gran Paradiso National Park
Address: Piemonte - Valle d'Aosta, Torino, Italy
Website: Gran Paradiso National Park
2. Lillaz Waterfalls
The Lillaz Waterfalls are located in a scenic area of the valley and can be reached after a short trek through the natural landscape. There are mountain villages, geological exhibits and plenty of pine trees alongside the creeks and other natural landmarks that make up the road to the waterfalls. Many visitors choose to a have picnic in the area and some even drink the cool and clear waters straight from nature. There is also a bridge for crossing and interesting wildlife to view along the way.
Address: 11012 Lillaz, Cogne Aosta Valley, Italy
Website: Lillaz waterfalls (in Italian)
3. Roman Theatre
The remains of the historic Roman Theatre can still be found in the area, much to the delight of locals and tourists alike. Recognised as an ancient national amphitheatre, there are even paved footpaths surrounding the ruins, allowing visitors to more easily navigate the site. Light shows are also often organised within the structure, to highlight and bring further awareness to the history and beauty of the ancient theatre.
Address: Via Porta Prætoria, 11100 Aosta AO, Italy
Website: Roman Theatre
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4. Skiing in Breuil Cervinia
This beloved ski resort is located in the Alps region of the valley near the town and commune of Valtournenche. The ski area is adjacent to glacier-fed mountains, with prominent glaciers like those in the Rosa Plateau. This is one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, with plenty of skiing to suit the needs of any outdoor enthusiast. The annual snowfall here is quite high and the conditions are world class, making it a popular location for ski races such as the FIBT World Championships.
Skiing in Breuil Cervinia
Address: Frazione Breuil Cervinia, 11028 Breuil-Cervinia AO, Italy
Website: Skiing in Breuil Cervinia
5. Pre Saint Didier Thermal Spa
This spa and its relaxing waters are a popular remainder from Roman times, but the present thermal spa complex offers a host of updated and modern amenities like underwater relaxation, created waterfalls, steam baths with fragrances, mud baths and recreation rooms from which to admire views of the neighbouring landscapes. There is also a historic casino building and swimming pools in the garden, allowing visitors to enjoy the stunning natural surroundings. In addition to this, the spas and saunas are adequately complemented by views of the Mont Blanc mountain range in the Alpine landscape.
Pre Saint Didier Thermal Spa
Address: Allee Des Thermes, 11010 Pre’-saint-didier AO, Italy
Website: Pre Saint Didier Thermal Spa
6. The thermal waters of Terme di Saint-Vincent
A short distance from the village of Saint-Vincent is the town’s popular mineral springs. Connected to the town by cable car, visitors can reach the enchanting springs in no time at all and take in the relaxing waters that are known for their therapeutic qualities. The waters are very popular with locals and tourists alike and are especially recommended for treating disorders of the stomach and liver. The mineral water treatments of Terme di Saint-Vincent are also certified by local medical laboratories. In addition to the spa, there are large halls, salons and terraces for unrestricted views of the entire beautiful region.
Terme di Saint-Vincent
Address: Viale IV Novembre, 100, 11027 Saint-Vincent AO, Italy
Website: Terme di Saint-Vincent (in Italian)
7. Cable car ride at Monte Bianco
The cable car system at the Monte Bianco mountain range is similar to the Alps cable car rides in Switzerland and offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The cable cars can put visitors in direct contact with a variety of attractions, such as botanical gardens, nature trails, restaurants, cinema complexes, shopping malls and vineyards for the wine enthusiast.
Cable car ride at Monte Bianco
Address: Strada Statale 26, 48, 11013 Courmayeur AO, Italy
Website: Cable car ride at Monte Bianco
8. Mountaineering at Matterhorn
The Matterhorn area offers some great mountain climbing trails with astounding views of nearby mountain peaks. There are numerous certified guides to lead visitors on a variety of different excursions and the local shops are worth checking out, as they offer many different regional specialities.
Mountaineering at Matterhorn
Website: Mountaineering at Matterhorn
9. Exploring Aosta town area
The Aosta Valley is not just about mountains, skiing and mineral spas. There are also historic monuments from the Roman era and the town itself offers traces of these, along with primitive roads, fountains and historic buildings filled with medieval wonders. Monasteries and museums complete the scenery and depending on the time of year, there are festivals like the Saint Orsa, when local traditional handicrafts and artwork are displayed during a communal celebration.
Aosta Old Town
Address: Piazza Porte Pretoriane 3, 11100, Aosta, Italy
Website: Aosta Old Town
Aosta is the ideal Italian mountain resort get away
The Aosta Valley is a natural paradise for tourists of all ages and from all walks of life. With its rich Roman history and architecture, visitors are free to explore and immerse themselves in the breathtaking mountain views, the charming small villages and the general pace of Italian life in the Alpine valley. Enjoy ancient spas that are said to have medicinal properties or simply take in the views and sip a coffee at a cafe. The Aosta Valley is never short on gorgeous options for travellers.
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