Aosta green travel Guide

Aosta is a beautiful city in the heart of a border region, laying in a green valley surrounded by mountains, where the Dora Baltea reaches its maximum width: a small town with a special environmental balance, with a location for Alpine sports enthusiasts...
Arch of Augustus in Aosta
Arch of Augustus in Aosta, ph. by Marco Segato, via flickr

1. Best things to do in Aosta

A real mountain town, with a cable car from which you can reach the nearby ski slopes of Pila completed by a historical center, Roman-medieval, where you can walk to the discovery of art, alleys and artistic and cultural resources.

The old town of Aosta is a true green island, with a car-free zone inside the city walls.

You can begin to discover it starting from the Arch of Augustus, one of the symbols of the city and continuing along via Sant'Anselmo to Porta Pretoria, the Archaeological Park of the Roman Theatre.

Do not miss the charm of the Tower of Bailiffs, the Amphitheatre and the charming views, especially via Croix de Ville.

A treat for all is the Sant'Orso Fair, which takes place every year on January 30 and 31, old, born to promote agricultural trade and craftsmen from the Valle d'Aosta and the neighboring regions.

At the Sant'Orso Fair will find the sabot, shoes typical of solid wood, wood carvings and typicality.

The downtown streets are tinged with artists and local craftsmen: it is a nice popular event with many musical performances, local products, cheeses and wines to taste.

Pila mountain in winter, Aosta
Pila mountain in winter, ph. by Damien Roué, via flickr

2. Pila and surroundings

Aosta means skiing in Pila, 1800 mt high, a real paradise for skiers and for those who love snowboarding and not only for cross-country skiers.

The area is very sunny and allows you to ski in a quiet paradise enjoying a wonderful panorama.

The trails during the winter become trekking regenerating paths for snowshoes, excellent alternative to skiing you can enjoy fully the beauty of winter Alps.

There are numerous walks along easy paths for nature observation in the area of Bois de la Tour, a forest with picnic area  and nature walks accessible even to the blind that can obtain information from captions in Braille. Easily reached from Saint-Nicolas is the Comba Vertosan: large valley filled with pastures, is a place where trekking and mountain bikes are in their ideal environment. Green Guide, Valle d'Aosta
Saint Nicolas, Aosta. Photo by Marco Balma, via Flickr

3. Nature, sport and green itineraries

During the summer, enjoy walking and hiking in this region; there are plenty of routes at different levels of difficulty; the most experts cannot not lose the intervallivi.

One of them starts from Pont Suaz, in the municipality of Charvensod and get to Champdepra, immersed in green forests, valleys and rolling hills, and in the Regional Park of Mont Avic.

Walkers and more, can be delighted by the ancient Via Francigena, the famous street of pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome.

This route stretches down from the Great St Bernard Pass and follows "the Chemin des Vignobles" up to Saint Christophe, throwing in Val D'Aosta to Pont-Saint-Martin.

Pila is a symbol of skiing and more, and it is also an interesting destination for mountain bikers who have at their disposal 12 routes of cross-country, the stadium bike downhill and free ride.

Do not forget to organize some unforgettable horseback ride or a raft ride along the waters of the Dora Baltea, typical Alpine and portentous experience, it will leave you breathless.

The Nature Reserve Côte de Gargantua is then witness the spectacular deposits of Quaternary glaciers and is populated by reptiles, birds and small rodents.

Valle d'Aosta specialties, from the classic polenta with Fontina cheese, to Carbonada Valdostan, accompanied by polenta, served in the traditional copper pots. Green Guide, Valle d'Aosta
Carbonada, Aosta. Photo by Ferruccio Zanone, via Flickr

4. Tastes and local food

If Aosta Valley region could speak it would speak only of farms... in fact its cuisine starring meat, vegetables and dairy products.

It is a tradition that prefers quite fatty butter animal and vegetable origin.

The prince is the Fontina DOP cisalpino. It comes directly from those pastures, bringing with it the intense impressive mountains of Europe, marred by native speckled cows black and red.

Many dishes are made with vegetables, often prepared as a soup with rye and wheat bread, fontina cheese and butter or the excellent Sorsa with black bread, potatoes, beans, green beans, carrots, pears and apples. Be careful not to confuse it with the Soça with beans, onion, spices and potatoes and smoked bacon.

What about meat? Roe deer, chamois, beef, veal, beef. Sausages, stewed or grilled, the meat of the Valle d'Aosta have a completely different flavor and are often accompanied by melted fontina or polenta.

If you have not overindulged cheese and soups, you should definitely try the Carbonada, with eggs and bacon, and make room for the triumph of the flesh: salt beef for 12 days, slow-cooked with butter, bacon and sliced onion, seasoned with salt, pepper, walnut nutmeg and cinnamon and mixed with flour and dry white wine. Yum!

House surrounded by nature in Aosta Valley, Italy
House surrounded by nature in Aosta Valley, ph. by Elisa, via flikr

5. Where to stay in the city and surroundings

In Aosta and surrounding you can choose many possibility of eco-friendly stay: organic farms surrounded by mountains, or small B&B set in Valle d'Aosta villages. Up to you!

Discover all ecofriendly accomodations in Aosta

 

Author: Angela Sebastianelli

Cover photo by: Fenis Casle, ph. by Ondablv,via Flickr

Eco-friendly accommodations

Eco Wellness Hotel Notre Maison

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 0,00 €
Rifugio Sogno di Berdzè

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 20,00 €
B&B Maison Perriere

Aosta (Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste)

Starting from 75,00 €
Maison Cly

Chamois (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 250,00 €
Hotel du Grand Paradis

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 140,00 €
Hotel Sant'Orso

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 145,00 €
Château Royal

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 64,00 €
Petit Hotel

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 100,00 €
Alpe Rebelle

Bionaz (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 80,00 €
Relais du Paradis

INTROD (Val d'Aosta)

Starting from 80,00 €
Hotel Bouton d'Or

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste)

Starting from 99,00 €
Rifugio Crete Sèche

Bionaz (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 39,00 €
La Maison de grand maman

Champorcher (Aosta)

Starting from 180,00 €
Hotel Bellevue

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste)

Starting from 170,00 €
Hostellerie Le Lièvre Amoureux

Valpelline (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 69,00 €