Jagged Alpine peaks rise like marble cathedrals above the town of Aosta, a once-important Roman settlement that has sprawled rather untidily across the valley floor since the opening of the Mont Blanc tunnel in the 1960s. Bounced around between Burgundy (France) and Savoy (Italy) in the Middle Ages, the modern town remains bilingual, with a culture that is Valdostan, a factor best reflected in its musical local dialect and simple but hearty cuisine.
Aosta destination guides
Mont Blanc Explorer
The French call her "La Dame Blanche." To Italians, she’s "Il Bianco." And to all who set out to tame her, she is known simply as 'The Big One'. Towering above the already towering Alps, Mont Blanc commands respect.
Francigena Way: Saint Bernard Pass to Ivrea
The first stage of the Via Francigena from the Swiss border through the alpine landcapes of the Aosta Valley