Aosta and surroundings

Aosta

The Aosta basin forms the largest flattish area in the whole of the region, and is located at the confluence of the Dora Baltea and the Buthier Torrent, the river’s main tributary.

Here, in the 1st century B.C., the Romans founded the ancient Augusta Praetoria Salassorum, at around 580 m a.s.l., surrounded by a natural amphitheatre made up of mountains and peaks, from the Becca di Nona, to the Monte Emilius, from the Becca di Viou to Punta Chaligne, from Mont Fallère to the Grand Combin, Grivola and Rutor glaciers that close off the area.

The area of the region between Sarre and Fénis really does appear to be an open history book, in which each century has left behind art treasures, churches, palaces and castles.... pages of splendid pictures that are a delight for both the eyes and the soul. This is a splendid destination indeed for anyone wishing to spend a holiday that combines culture with sport and nature, for visitors who wish to alternate sightseeing with unforgettable moments of complete relaxation.

From the town of Aosta, a short trip with a fast, eight-seater gondola lift or a drive along the regional road will take you to Pila, one of the Valley’s leading ski areas. And for those of you with your head perennially in the clouds, there is the fabulous astronomical observatory in Saint Barthélémy.

Localities

Aosta

Aosta

Aosta, the capital of the region, is located at the confluence of the Dora Baltea with the Buthier Torrent and with the major roads that lead over the border into France and Switzerland.

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Sarre

Sarre

The name Sarre comes from the pre-Roman “Sarra” which means “enclosed between the mountains”. In reality, the lands around the municipality cover a much wider area, which also reaches 3,061 metres above sea level with Mont Fallère.

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Jovençan

Jovençan

Jovençan was already inhabited as far back as Roman times. In the Middle Ages it belonged to the Lords of Jovençan, and from this period remain the ruins of the castle, just north of the stronghold of Pompiod.

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Charvensod

Charvensod

Charvensod lies on the road to Pila, just 5 km outside of Aosta. The area offers a whole host of marvellous medium- and high-altitude itineraries.

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Gressan

Gressan

Gressan is a sunny village already inhabited as far back as Roman times, just outside it lies the beautiful little Church of La Magdeleine.

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Pila

Pila

A splendid natural, sun-kissed balcony, from the upper part of which there are breathtaking views of the most important four-thousanders in the Alps.

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Saint-Christophe

Saint-Christophe

Nestling in a large hilly area on the left bank of the Dora, Saint-Christophe has a parish church with a tall Romanesque bell tower.

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Quart

Quart

Quart’s name, of Roman origin, derives from a milestone indicating that the village lies 4 miles away from the town.

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Pollein

Pollein

On the right bank of the Dora, Pollein was already known as far back as Roman times, and during the Middle Ages it depended on the Bishops of Aosta.

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Fénis

Fénis

The name Fénis immediately evokes the most famous, and indeed striking, of the castles in the Aosta Valley, which features all the elements typical of a mediaeval noble dwelling.

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Nus

Nus

The name Nus is of Roman origin, and derives from “ad nonum (ab Augusta) lapidem”, which once indicated the distance in Roman miles between Aosta and Nus.

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Saint-Marcel

Saint-Marcel

At the start of the rugged valley of the same name, on the right mountain slope of the Dora, Saint-Marcel was already known during ancient times due to its mineral stores.

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Brissogne

Brissogne

The village of Brissogne is located along the course of the Dora Baltea. Near the Grand Brissogne you can admire the ancient cylindrical tower, the ruins of Brissogne castle that fell in 1776.

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