AOSTA VALLEY

AOSTA VALLEY is a small but worth discovering region.
The mountains can convey beautiful landscapes and meaningful experiences all leading to astonishing sensations.
The mountains are the perfect background to the many possible and all season activities you can perform in this region.
Our Parfum du Sel is in a strategic position which enables to reach all the places worth visiting in Aosta Valley within an hour drive.

 

EXPERIENCES

SKYWAY MONTE BLANC
It is an experience on the highest mountain in Europe, a technological and Italian engineering masterpiece through which you can admire a unique panorama both in Summer and in Winter.

SPA AT PRÉ-SAINT-DIDIER
Wellness at high altitude mingling realx with pure thermal water and a wonderful view over Mont Blanc

FORT BARD
It represents one of the best examples of barrier fortress of the early 19th century and it hosts various museums and prestigious exhibitions all year round.

ASTRONOMIC OBSERVATORY at SAINT BARTHÉLEMY
High level scientific researches and quality astronomic spreading are enabled by the ultra-modern technologies in the observatory.

BALLOON and HELICOPTER FLIGHTS
Observing the Alps from another point of view is an unforgettable emotion to experience by balloon or helicopter..

NATURE

GRAND PARADIS NATIONAL PARK
It is the top first national Italian park and it offers wonderful alpine landscapes with endless emotions. It stretches over 7000 hectars in high mountain between 800 mt from the valley to 4061 mt of Grand Paradis. It is reachable from Cogne, Valsavarenche and Rhêmes-Notre-Dame.

MONT AVIC NATURE RESERVE
It is a protected area of great naturalistic interest bordering with Grand Paradis national park and encompassing picturesque landscapes. Founded in 1989 it is the top first nature reserve in Aosta Valley.

BOTANICAL GARDENS
Four natural havens are the evidence of the sensitiveness and commitment of Aosta Valley into preserving and defending the natural heritage of flowers.

PARC ANIMALIER at INTROD
It is the only fauna park of the Region where flowers and animals live unhindered while the visitors observe them. The families are the ideal guests of the park, where typical animals of the Alps are preserved together with the multicolor flora.

SPORT

Aosta Valley essentially means sport, breathtaking panoramas and unique adventures to experience the mountains thoroughly. Our region offers the chance to practice countless outdoor sports for all levels and seasons.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

- TREKKING
- BIKE, MOUNTAIN BIKE, E-BIKE, DOWNHILL AND FREERIDE
- ROCK CLIMBING
- MOUNTAIN CLIMBING
- RAFTING, CANOA AND KAYAKING
- CANOEING
- GOLF
- HORSE RIDING
- ADVENTURE PARK
- PARAGLIDING

WINTER ACTIVITIES

- ALPINE SKI AND SNOWBOARD
- CROSS COUNTRY SKI
- SNOWSHOEING
- ICE CLIMBING
- ICE SKATING
- SLEDDOG
- SNOWPARK

CULTURE et TRADITION

AOSTA
Called Rome of the Alps, it is the second town to Rome with the major quantity of still visible Roman remains. Aosta is a small town with great charm. The landmarks are: Arco d’Augusto (Augustus Arch), the majestic Porta Praetoria (praetorian door), the town-walls and the turrets, the grand Roman Theatre, the forensic Cryptoporticus, Sant’Orso collegiate church and the Cathedral.

AREA MEGALITICA (megalithic area)
It is the widest indoor archeological site in Europe and it lets you travel back in our most ancient time The site has been used tirelessly since the end of the Neolithic up to our recent times, at the beginning as a cult spot and then as a funeral area.


MAR
The Museo Archeologico Regionale (Archeological regional museum) is expressed down to a theme and chronological path showing the evidence of the human presence in Aosta Valley, from prehistory to Middle Ages.

CASTLES
Aosta valley was due way to the alpine passes and during the Middle Ages the toll collection was powerful means of income. The first castles were built between the beginning of the 11th and the 12th century, set up in strategic spots dominating wide areas. Fénis castle, Verrès castle, Issogne castle, Sarre castle and the Savoia one are some of the visitable places in our region.

PONT D’AEL
It is a 56 mt high and 50 mt long Roman aqueduct-bridge in Aymavilles..

MAISON DES ANCIENS REMÈDES (the house of ancient remedies)
It is a journey exploring the officinal herbs where the ancient natural remedies of Aosta valley encompass the modern technologies..

MINES
The mines in Cogne, the mines area of Saint Marcel, the mines in Brusson and La Thuile trigger the interest in the industrial archeology.

FIERA DI SANT’ORSO (St OURS Fair)

Every year on January 30th and 31st, the historical centre of Aosta hosts the millennial Fair of Sant’Orso. Many exhibitors take part in this celebration where wood, soapstone, iron and fabrics are the unique protagonists of the artisans’ creativity.

BATAILLE DES REINES (Queens’ battle)
It is a non violent but instinctive battle among cows in order to choose the “Queen” (Reina).The “Bataille de Reines” is a festival of the farmers in Aosta Valley attracting a huge audience made up with lovers and tourists.

FOOD & VINS

Aosta Valley is a region rich in quality products and unique tastes telling the story of the alpine land and its identity through flavor.
Among the specialities the most important products are the ones with the "Denominazione di Origine Protetta” (DOP - protected denomination of origin): the Fontina cheese, the Aosta valley Fromadzo (cheese), the Jambon de Bosses (ham), and Vallée d'Aoste Lard d'Arnad (lard) to taste with the best DOC (controlled denomination of origin) wines. The revival and development of the vine cultivation has generated a wide and qualified range of prestigious mountain wines.
Not to be missed all the many festivals and food and wine tasting events dedicated to the local produce in all the region all along the year.
Visiting a farm or a cellar is another advisable way to get to know and discover the tastes of the region. You can find them all over the region eager to welcome tourists and visitors.