A perfect holiday at Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta – culture and ski resorts

Sauze D'Oulx from the Sportinia chair lift, ©graphiclunarkid/Flickr

Sauze D’Oulx from the Sportinia chair lift, ©graphiclunarkid/Flickr

Visit the least Italian regions of Italy, Valle d’Aosta and Piemonte, located in the northwestern region of the country next to the Swiss and French Alps. Until the 19th century the residents of Piemonte used French as their first language and even today, their dialect reflects its influence.

On the other hand Valle d’Aosta is a bilingual region which is full of Swiss emigrants who speak a German based dialect. Visit these wonderful Italian regions and taste the best Italian wines next to a delicious traditionally Italian meal.

What to see in Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta

Gran Paradiso reflecting in a lake,© #Eelco/Flickr

Gran Paradiso reflecting in a lake,© #Eelco/Flickr

Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta is surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, namely Monte Rosa, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. This beautiful region has several picturesque valleys, stunning castles and fascinating museums which are all worth visiting. Across Aosta Valley flows River Dora spiraling to the foot of Mont Blanc. Visit the amazing mountain resorts and spend a relaxing holiday with your friends and family. While you are there you can also visit the largest and oldest national park of Italy, Gran Paradiso. During the summer the hotels are packed but locals do not expand in tourism as they wish to preserve the park’s pristine conditions.

Skis and snowboards up

Sestriere fun park, ©wichtelfraeulein/Flickr

Sestriere fun park, ©wichtelfraeulein/Flickr

For winter sports lovers Piemonte will be paradise on earth. Among its most important ski resorts we can mention Sestriere, Suze, Claviere, Sansicario, Cesana, Bardonecchia and d’Oulx. These are the resorts most frequently visited by the British and as the Winter Olympics of 2006 were held here, most of the facilities are upgraded. At La Vialattea, also known as the Milky Way, there are 200 kilometers of ski runs which are interconnected. It can be accessed from Pragelato.

Sestriere, Bardonecchia and Sauze d’Oulx

Sauze D'Oulx from the Sportinia chair lift, ©graphiclunarkid/Flickr

Sauze D’Oulx from the Sportinia chair lift, ©graphiclunarkid/Flickr

Sestriere has been envisaged as an aristocratic mountain resort imagined by Gianni Agnelli, principal shareholder of the Italian business, Fiat. The resort is dominated by two towers which have a cylindrical shape. The mountainous landscape of the region is irreprehensible, no wonder it was chosen as the location for the Olympic ski races. Bardonecchia is a modern facility which is run by another company and is not connected directly to the Vialattea. It is ideal for a weekend outing. A little down towards the south is situated Sauze d’Oulx, also known as the “Alpine Benidorm”. This resort is usually swarming with youngsters but there is always place for families as well.

 

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