Aufstieg zum Pollux
Der Lago Blu
Blick auf den Lago di Cignana
Attractions in Valle dAosta
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The Aosta Valley: border area between Italy, France and Switzerland
The Aosta Valley cuisine is characterized by substantial and simple dishes, often prepared with regional products. Isolated from the rest of the country by mountains and an elevated position, it has been difficult to import food into the valley for a long time. The situation changed after the complete logistical development, with which the French and Swiss influences took hold. An example is the “Seuppa vapeullenèntse”, for which the regional Fontina cheese is melted together with white bread, cabbage and broth. On cold winter days you warm up in the Aosta Valley with the “Caffè alla Valdostana”, which immediately gets back into motion with a blend of coffee, red wine, grappa, lemon peel and spices.
But the region is not only cultural and culinary, the vegetation is also varied: alpine natural parks with alpine pastures and glaciers, but also extensive meadows and forests waiting to be explored by bicycle or on horse-drawn carriages.
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First-class ski areas and prominent peaks
Culture in the Aosta Valley: traces of an eventful history
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Even older than the fortress is the Roman aqueduct at the entrance to the Cogne valley, which has stood there since pre-Christian times. Today it is accessible as a bridge and provides information on the architecture of the Roman builders with information boards. Younger, but no less interesting, are the many Romanesque chapels, which have their origins in the eleventh century and are often decorated with ornate frescoes. Especially the churches of San Martino in Arnad and San Maurizio in Moron are well-known, representing beautiful examples.
The millennia-old political importance of the region and the attempt to force Italianization during the times of fascism were probably responsible for the fact that the population always remained aware of its roots and that the autonomy has been preserved to this day ...