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Discussion in 'Aosta Valley' started by TuttoItaly, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. "Valle d'Aosta" is a region in Northern Italy, situated right on the borders with France and Switzerland. The Aosta Valley is the smallest and least populous region of Italy, with only about 127,000 residents. Being a mountainous region, the climate is quite cold, but that doesn't stop tourists from visiting it!

    First of all, The Aosta Valley is home for many ski resorts. If you're ever on vacation in the area, you can be sure you'll have a great time at one of the best ski resorts in the Alps.

    But skiing is not the only thing that makes the valley so interesting. Did you know that there are more than 100 castles here? The Fenice Castle, the Issogne Castle and the Bard Fortress are just three of the many castles you can admire on the inside. A few of them are not opened to the public but you can admire them anyway, from the outside. The Bard Fortress is also home for the Museum of the Alps and the Children's Alps. Of course, there are many other castles that host exhibitions, botanical gardens and museums, you just have to find them.

    The Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium are two of the main attractions of the Aosta Valley. The observatory is well known for the top-quality research that is being done here by both students and teachers. In 2008, the Planetarium was finished and opened to the public. Visitors can lay back in the comfortable chairs and literally stare at the sky and stars, as the modern technology simulates everything.

    After a relaxing visit to the Planetarium, you could try to explore some of the summer activities as well. For example, parachuting and paragliding are quite popular in this area. Hot air ballooning is a great way to explore the beauty of the Valley from above.

    Water sports are also popular and very enjoyable. You can go fishing and enjoy a nice afternoon of peace and relaxation or, if you're more adventurous, you can try out white-water rafting and canyoning, canoeing or kayaking. Not a big fan of water sports? Well, you can go horse back riding, you can go golfing or you can explore the area hiking. If you're up for it, you can rent a bike and start pedaling or you can find the perfect spot to try out mountain climbing.

    After all that intense activity, everyone gets hungry. Well, the cuisine of the Aosta Valley is quite enjoyable. It's simple and not too fancy, but it goes to show how great meals can be cooked with the simplest ingredients: potatoes, cheese, meat. Some of the traditional dishes include the "Carbonnade", beef cooked with onions and red wine, served with polenta, the "costolette", which are breaded veel cutlets and the delicious "steak à la valdotaine", steak with croutons, melted cheese and ham.

    The Aosta Valley is almost the perfect place to spend your vacations, whether it's summer or winter. There are a lot of activities to enjoy with your family and friends, lots of places to visit and lots of memories to create.

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