Top things to do

Top Choice Fortress in Valle d'Aosta

Forte di Bard

A fort has existed here for millennia and the current 1830s Savoy edifice is an imposing one, set high up upon a rocky escarpment at the jaws of the Valle d’Aosta. Ride up a series of super-modern panoramic lifts, w…
Top Choice Alpine in Courmayeur


Up the hill in the hamlet of La Palud, Dandelion does 'cuisine de montagne' – a proudly Aostan menu that's both rustic and sophisticated. Come for salt cod lasagne, baby goat and artichokes in a garlic cream or Aost…
Gardens in Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso

Giardino Alpino Paradisia

The park's amazing biodiversity, including butterflies and Alpine flora, can be seen in summer at this fascinating Alpine botanical garden in the tiny hamlet of Valnontey (1700m), 3km south of Cogne. Guided nature w…
Gastronomy in Aosta

Il Vecchio Ristoro

Originating from the Valtellina, Alfio Fascendini knows a thing or two about good food and wine. Sample the chestnut bread, the saffron-creamed pearl barley with crispy artichokes and the smoked fillet of bream.
Nature Reserve in Courmayeur

Pavillon du Mt Fréty Nature Oasis

A protected zone of 1200 hectares tucked between glaciers, this nature oasis is accessible from the Pavillon du Mt Fréty. Enjoy numerous trails, including the Sentiero Francesco e Giuditta Gatti.
Modern Italian in Aosta

Croix de Ville

Croix de Ville's smart, bustling dining room serves up contemporary Italian favourites such as tartares, beef tagliata (rare slices) with rocket and Parmesan, and Mediterranean-tinged pastas, dispensing with the str…
Cathedral in Aosta

Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta

The neoclassical facade of Aosta's cathedral belies the impressive Gothic interior. Inside, the carved 15th-century walnut-wood choir stalls are particularly beautiful. Two mosaics on the floor, dating from the 12th…
Trattoria in Aosta

Trattoria degli Artisti

Fabulous Valdostan cuisine is dished up at this dark and cosy trattoria, tucked down an alleyway off Via E Aubert. Antipasti such as puff pastry filled with Valdostan fondue, cured ham and regional salami are follow…
Alpine in Aosta

Osteria dell'Oca

Oca means 'goose' and there are plenty, both on the menu and reproduced in hilariously kitsch china forms around the room. This quaint perch under an archway off Via E Aubert is Valdostan food heaven: dig into one-p…
Museum in Aosta

Museo Archeologico Regionale

Aosta’s little city museum does an excellent job of detailing the city’s Roman history with a scale model of Aosta’s Roman layout plus various antediluvian remains and some fascinating finds from a necropolis discov…