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Geography

Geography

Valle d'Aosta is the smallest region in Italy and is located in the middle of the Pennine Alps, surrounded by the four of the highest mountains in Italy (over 4,000m) and Europe (Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso). The River Dora Baltea, an important left-hand affluent of the Po flows through the region. Valle d’Aosta can be reached via the mountain crossing points: Little St Bernard Pass and Great St Bernard Pass from which the tunnel takes its name. Mont Blanc Tunnel plays an extremely important role in Valdostan communication routes.

Gran ParadisoNational Park (Parc National du Grand-Paradis) lies in the southern part of the region and was created in 1922 to safeguard particular alpine flora and fauna species in danger of extinction, such as the ibex, chamois, marmot and stoat. 

The valleys were formed by moving glaciers which once covered the entire region. Now the glaciers can only be found in the highest areas. The vertical rock faces and high elevations make Valle d'Aosta the ideal place for competitive and recreational sport to be practised to the highest levels: mountaineering, trekking, skiing, rafting, canyoning, downhillbiking.

Not everyone is sporty, in fact some people prefer a quieter life and stress-free outings, on foot or by bike; Valle d'Aosta can conquer even the most reflective soul with its magnificent landscape and rich natural heritage. In fact, the first Italian National Park was created in Valle d'Aosta and a third of the regional territory is protected to safeguard its priceless biodiversity.

Valle d'Aosta boasts a surprising wealth in history and art: valuable Roman ruins, over 100 medieval castles, towers and fortresses which have been repeatedly transformed over the years and converted into Renaissance residences, Romanesque and Baroque churches. Living traditions, handcraft, gastronomy and the Italian-French bilingualism all contribute to this great cultural wealth.

Climate

The climate of Valle d'Aosta is typically alpine with harsh winters and warm summers. Only the central valley through which the River Dora Baltea flows experiences a milder climate. There are heavy snowfalls during winter but generally little rain falls during the rest of the year. To compensate for this lack of rainfall, important irrigation channels have been constructed since the Late Middle Ages called Rûs (pronounced "rü", also in the plural) and are still in use today.

History

Augusta Prætoria Salassorum, modern day Aosta was founded following the conquest of the Salassi, the ancient Celtic inhabitants of Valle d'Aosta by the Roman troops. Aosta is the city where the largest number of Roman relics has been found after Rome and Pompei, earning it the title "Rome of the Alps". Successively, the region became part of the Frankish Kingdom, the Carolingian Empire and Kingdom of Burgundy. From 1032 the Counts of Savoy Family took possession of it and retained it uninterruptedly, except for the period from 1800 to 1814 when Valle d'Aosta was absorbed into the First French Empire, establishing the Arrondissement d'Aoste.

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