Valle D' Aosta

This is the smallest region in Italy, is studded by the highest peaks. It is located in the ‘north-western side of Italy between France and Switzerland and is one of the most popular tourist destinations for mountain lovers. Indeed the Valle d’Aosta has the highest peaks of the peninsula, from the imposing and majestic Mont Blanc with its 4810m to the Alpine area with the Cervino, Monte Rosa and the Gran Paradiso. Courmayeur is considered one of the most popular tourist areas by skiers in all Europe, in fact is the most desired town in the region, here was born the first school for mountain guides. The Gran Paradiso National Park is located between the beautiful valleys (established in 1922) where you can observe animals in their natural environment: chamois, golden eagles, marmots and of course the ibex, the symbol of the park. This autonomous region is considered the passage between the peninsula and France, the bilingualism Italian/French is due precisely to this. The large, modern tunnels of Gran San Bernardo and especially of Mont Blanc, are veritable metaphorical highways which bridge Italy to Europe and vice versa, these tunnels are recognized for great engineering features used. Capital City: Aosta.

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From skiing to snowboarding, ice skating here there are the largest ski resorts such as Cervinia, Courmayeur, Pila, known throughout Europe as an essential destination for lovers of winter sports. Symbolic entrance for people coming from the south is the town of Pont Saint Martin, which part of the road enters into the beautiful Gressoney Valley. Along the valley that from Pont Saint Martin leads to Courmayeur you can see the primitive military fortifications fortresses and residences with guard towers for a rich feudal history of the region as well as the passage of the Roman Empire. There are many itineraries of interest, the best known of Aosta Valley is Fénis Castle house of the Challant family, is appreciated for its scenery. The Issogne Castle, Sarriod de la Tour, Sarre, Saint-Pierre, Ussel, just to name a few, are also places not to be missed.The Passage of the Roman civilization has as sign many important monuments such as the Arch of Augustus, the Porta Praetoria, the walls, almost entirely walkable, with a long and pleasant walk. Of great interest is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, with the view at the archaeological excavations under the present floor, the characteristic Chanoux Square and the monumental complex of Sant’Orso dating from the eleventh century. During the fair Sant’Orso that happens every year in January there are many visitors. Thousands of tourists fill the streets of the city center, which are dressed for party, shown the oldest crafts of Aosta Valley, from sculpture to wood, from wrought iron to hot stone, leather, wicker, wool fabrics, laces, games and masks.

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What to Do

The town of Monte Rosa is absolutely to visit, which is made magical by the play of lights and colors and its characteristic routes. In its three valleys Ayas, Gressoney and Valsesiavalli there is of one of the major Italian ski centers. In winter you can try out sports such as cross country skiing, downhill skiing, alpine skiing and snowboarding, while in summer the region is transformed into a beautiful outdoor gym: mountain climbing, rafting, canoeing, hiking, horse riding, golf and mountain biking to name a few, and we must mention the air sports such as skydiving, hang gliding and paragliding.

Punta Helbronner is a beautiful tip of a natural terrace from which to enjoy the scenery. From here a cable car lead to Mont Fréty, leading Naturalistic Oasis of Pavillon du Mont Fréty, beautiful for its faunal aspects is also home to the Alpine Garden Saussurea, among the highest in Europe, with over 900 plant species of wild flora Mont Blanc and other mountain ranges around the world. For flying enthusiasts, however, you can fly over the Mont Blanc with a trip in a balloon for intense emotions, almost touching the tops in a charming scenery. For lovers of good wine, the Aosta Valley provides the wine road that leads tourists among vineyards and cellars with the fans who have curiosity of the place.

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What to Taste

The Voldostana cuisine has rich but also genuine flavors. Here comes the carbonada with meat stew kept in wine, onion and herbs; The mocetta, beef or ibex dried and flavored with mountain herbs. For those who love sausages, there is Arnad lard, boudin de la Valle d’Aosta, stuffed with boiled potatoes, lard, spices and the very well known Bosses ham (Jambon de Bosses). The Fromadzo and the famous Fontina Dop are some of the local cheeses, used for many recipes including fondue, to be served before or after the typical soup Valdostana, made of cabbage, , fontina cheese, stale rye bread. For wine enthusiast here were born wines of controlled origin: the Arnad Montjovet, the Enfer d’Arvier, the Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle or Donnas, to end with the extraordinary herb liqueur “Genepy des Alpes” or a typical Valle d’Aosta coffee, to be enjoyed in the traditional “cup of friendship.”

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Made in Italy products on Macrigi are of high quality and made following the traditions and craftsmanship of the past. By “Made in Italy” we mean products produced in Italy with local raw materials or ingredients.

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