The Aosta Valley: the natural beauty, history, and culture.
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Aosta Valley is situated in the north west of Italy and it is famous for its nature, history and culture all over the world.

One of the natural beauties of Aosta Valley is Mount Blanc which is the highest mountain of Europe with its 4,810 m. Besides Mount Blanc, there are other majestic peak summits such as Mount Rose massif (4,634 m) and Mount Cervino (4,478 m) which are skiing and hiking destinations all over the year.

In Aosta Valley there are also two natural parks, such as the Natural Park of Gran Paradiso, the oldest Italian national park, and the Natural Park of Mont Avic, the first natural park of the district. You can also find numerous natural reserves in which particular species of alpine flora and fauna develop and four botanical parks.

Olden times of Aosta Valley are witnessed by numerous monuments and Roman remains, such as the August Arch, built in 25 BC, in occasion of the Roman victory over the Salassi, the Porta Praetoria and the Roman theatre in the city of Aosta. It is worth pointing out also the suggestive Roman bridge of Pont Saint Martin, built in the I century BC and the Roman road of Donnas.

Aosta Valley is also characterized by numerous fortresses and castles, among which the castle of Fénis, Issogne, Verrès and the fortress of Bard. The latter once was a strategic bastion which nowadays has been transformed into a modern permanent museum of the Alps, with wide expository and didactic spaces, and into an European cultural centre in which events, exhibitions and concerts are held all year long.

Aosta Valley, from Gran San Bernardo pass to Pont Saint Martin, is crossed by the old Via Francigena which leads to Rome from central Europe. In the middle-ages it was walked by numerous pilgrims travelling to apostle Peter's tomb in Rome. Even nowadays, the Via Francigena is accessible and it is sprinkled with cultural and wine and food starting points in the valdostano territory.

Aosta Valley wine and food is made up unique products for their goodness and quality.

The characteristic cheese of Aosta Valley is the Fontina which, together with Formadzo, has got the controlled designation of origin (DOP), and the Gressoney Toma which is seasoned on wood boards or inside caves cut into the rock and characterized by constant temperatures.

Also among cold cuts you can find some DOP products: the Jambon de Bosses, raw ham which is spiced with mountain herbs and produced at 1,600 m of altitude, and the Lard d'Arnad which is seasoned in oak or chestnut containers. An excellent cold cut is also the Motzetta, dehydrated beef, venison or boar meat spiced with aromatic mountain herbs.

The climate, the characteristics of the soil and the solar exposition have allowed the production of various prestigious DOC wines, such as the Donnas, the Torrette, the Blanc de Moregex et de La Salle, the Nus Rouge and the Chambave Muscat.

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