Aosta Valley Itineraries

Enrico Massetti Publishing
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Valle d’Aosta is a vertical region, you might say, in the physical sense, for the many high peaks that surround it (including Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe at 4,807 meters). But also for the surprising concentration, in a region of such reduced dimensions, of so many natural splendors, of so many monuments, of so much precious historic and artistic heritage, of a density which evokes, in its vertical aspect, the crowding of skyscrapers in a metropolis where horizontal urban space is scarce and precious.

Aosta, the regional capital and the only province of the Valley, is a city rich in history. Traces of the ancient Augusta Pretoria (the Latin name of Aosta) can easily be seen, such as the magnificent Arch of Augustus (25 B.C.) and the remains of the Roman Theatre.

For Aosta the Middle Ages were anything but dark: as an essential center of commercial traffic with France and Switzerland, the city enjoyed an extended period of prosperity. It is no coincidence that the Cathedral and Cathedral Church of S. Orso, two churches of great beauty, date back to the Middle Ages.

This guide covers visits to the mountain region of Aosta Valley, with the description of several itineraries to visit the valley.

The locations covered are the city of Aosta, the lower valley with its castles, a visit to Cogne and the Gran Paradiso Park, a visit to Morgex, La Thuille and the Piccolo San Bernardo Pass, one to Courmayeur, one to Valpelline and the Gran San Bernardo Pass, and all the villages of the Valtournance Valley.

There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions.

It has the listing of many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants for all the locations; you have the necessary information ready: the name, address and telephone number are included in the guide together with the review.

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About the author

Enrico Massetti was born in Milano. Now he lives in Washington DC, USA, but he regularly visit his hometown, and enjoys going around all the places in his home country.

Enrico can be reached at enricomassetti@msn.com

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Enrico Massetti Publishing
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Mar 28, 2015
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62
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9781329006737
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English
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Travel / Europe / Italy
Travel / Reference
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