The Aosta Valley is the smallest and least densely populated Italian region. It lies in the Alps, near the border with France and Switzerland. It is a place where mountain and ski tourism developed.
The highest alpine peaks with Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Mont Rose and Gran Paradiso dominate the valley. They reach over 4,500 m above sea level and are the target of trekking and climbing expeditions. The lower alpine ridges are also great for active tourism.
Through the region runs the route of one of the most beautiful European trekking, leading around the Mont Blanc massif. Every year, many thousands of tourists set out for the beautiful views.
In winter, the Aosta Valley turns into one big ski resort. On the local glaciers, the largest of which is Rutor, you can ski until late spring. The region's most famous ski resorts include Val d'Aosta - Monte Rosa - Alagna, Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche and Courmayeur.