The city of Aosta is the most important in the northwestern region of Valle D’Aosta. Aosta is an old Roman town just miles from two of the country’s foremost ski resorts: Courmayeur and Breuil-Cervinia.
Today we tend think of the Valle d’Aosta region as off-the-beaten-path, save for skiers and serious hikers. But for millennia it was a well-troden crossroads and one of few access routes between northern and southern Europe. In the 3rd century, Hannibal marched his elephants through the valley as did generations of Roman legions, building roads and bridges still used today.
For centuries, an unending stream of pilgrims from the north trekked the Valle D’Aosta on their way to Rome, braving impossible snows, exhausting altitudes and the exorbitant tolls levied by local lords.
Though no longer on the itineraries of many foreign travelers, this small region boasts a number of wonderful attractions and sites. Visitors can take advantage of the mild, and sunny climate – which differs from that of the other side of the Alps.