Valley of Aosta

After our time in Switzerland, we went to Italy.   How did we get there ? We drove through the Mont Blanc Tunnel , under the  Mont Blanc mountain in the Alps . It links  Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France with  Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy.  The passageway is one of the major trans-Alpine transport routes. The tunnel passes almost exactly under the summit of the Aiguille du Midi. At this spot, it lies 2480m beneath the surface, making it the world’s second deepest operational tunnel after the Gotthard Base Tunnel, which is slightly deeper. The tunnel is 11,611 km.

The Valley is rich in history. We can see many castles (as you see on this postcard)  along the highway. We did not have enough time to visit them. But we went for lunch  in Aosta.  I had delicious pasta !

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We visited the Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso. This  Park was the first national park to be established in Italy. It includes a large territory of high mountains, from the 800 meters of the valley bottoms to the 4,061 meters of Gran Paradiso peak. Larch and fir woodlands, wide alpine grasslands, rocks, and glaciers make up an ideal setting for the life of a rich and various wildlife and for a visit leading to the discovery of the wonderful world of the high mountains.

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We stayed in a B & B in the  small village of Dégioz. It was very quiet as the touristic season was almost finished. From our deck, we had a nice view on the village  and the mountains.

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Here is a typical house from this village.

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And older man and his dog were  guarding the cows.

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We  also visited  Cogne.  Cogne is located in the  valley with the same name  along a stream known as the Torrent  Grand Eyvia.  It is the largest municipality in the  Aosta Valley . Cogne is 140 kilometres (87 mi) from  Turin , 160 kilometres (99 mi) from  Geneva  and 26.5 kilometres (16.5 mi) from  Aosta   We had lunch outside. We enjoyed majestic view on the mountains.  A large meadow, known as the St Ursus Meadow   is located at the southern edge of the town center; the municipal statute forbids any construction works on this meadow, which has received recognition as a “Wonder of Italy”.

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Cogne is an international center of cross country skiing with 70 kilometres (43 mi) of trails. There are also 9 kilometres (6 mi) of downhill runs, many walks on the snow and more than 140 icefalls.

In the Valley of Aosta,  Italian and French are the official languages, though much of the native population also speaks  Valdôtain,  a dialect of  Franco-Provençal, as their home language; about half of the population can speak all three languages. In Aosta, Dégioz (Valsavarenche) and Cogne, we were served at the restaurant in French.

This is a wonderful paradise where nature is at its  best.  It seems you can live without hurry to the next activity. What a  nice time we had over there with some friends. In my next post, I will share about other parts of our travel in Europe.

Thanks for reading. And if you like,  you can comment. It is always appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Valley of Aosta

  1. Hello France,
    Cette région d’Aosta et tout ce que tu as visité autour me donne beaucoup le goût de passer par là un jour!
    Je trouve les maisons très belles.
    Ce doit être très très beau durant l’hiver!!!

  2. I love the little house in Degioz! It looks like different people live upstairs and down… I love the two entrances. The valley of Aosta is so beautiful! And I loved seeing the background behind the man and his dog and his cows…. such amazing beauty, yet it is everyday for him!

  3. We want to drive from Geneva down to Aosta earlier this year but it was shelved.
    Perhaps next May when we are possibly in Switzerland again, we might do this! It looks fantastico!

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