10 Things to Do in Aosta That You Shouldn't Miss

February 27, 2018 Ying Subia

Aosta (Italian: [aˈɔsta] ( listen); French: Aoste [ɔst]; Arpitan: Aoûta; Latin: Augústa Prætṓrĭa Salassṓrum) is the principal city of Aosta Valley, a bilingual region in the Italian Alps, 110 km (68 mi) north-northwest of Turin. It is situated near the Italian entrance of the Mont Blanc Tunnel, at the confluence of the Buthier and the Dora Baltea, and at the junction of the Great and Little St. Bernard routes. Aosta is not the capital of the province, because Aosta Valley is the only Italian region not divided into provinces. Provincial administrative functions are instead shared by the region and the communes.
Restaurants in Aosta

1. Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso

None, 11100, Aosta, Italy +39 011 860 6211
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5 based on 540 reviews

Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso

Reviewed By SG_Travelbugs - Singapore

Cogne in the Gran Paradiso was just an after thought while planning for a brief stop in Aosta (we had only one day and wanted to do Fenis) on our way to Milan. But we were thankful we decided to spend the day in the park. The winding bus journey through the valley slowly opened up views of the gorgeous park. If going by bus, stop at the last stop. From there, take a elevator up.and look for the tourist information, located next to the Sant'Orso meadow. Buses to other hamlets, villages such as Gimillan, Valnontey etc is free - timetable from tourist office, We went on Sunday, which coincided with their market day. Only had time to do Gimillan and Valnontey. The cable car in Cogne wasn't running the day we were there due to a technical fault caused by a storm the previous night. But we were told there is supposedly a panoramic hike - 3 hours round trip - from the station above. Two full days at least to see the park quickly.

2. Rifugio Arbolle

Localita Chamole' 1, 11020 Charvensod, Aosta, Italy +39 0165 50011
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4 based on 54 reviews

Rifugio Arbolle

Reviewed By diloo1 - Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina

We spent one night at the refuge with our 2 children age 8 and 10. Superb setting, very well appointed, impeccably clean, with lovely hosts and good food and wine!
One negative point though: the bathrooms are common ones, only 2 per floor, one for the women and one for the men, with just taps to wash. The refuge was full on the week end we visited, and one of the male guests behaved quite rudely by invading the ladies bathroom (doors do not close, it is open to everybody to go in at any time. The lack of privacy made it difficult for women to have a wash in peace. So just be warned!
Other than that, it is really a spectacular place!

3. Guida della Valle d'Aosta

Via Monte Emilius 48, 11020 Quart, Aosta, Italy
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5 based on 14 reviews

Guida della Valle d'Aosta

Guided visits in Aosta and in the famous Aosta Castles with official tourist guides.

Reviewed By antoniocurvanord - Settimo Milanese, Italy

Cittadina incantevole circondata dalle montagne il centro molto bello pulito e ordinato ci sono costruzioni romane che rendono la cittadina molto suggestiva infatti viene chiamata la roma delle alpi.Assolutamente da non perdere!

4. Rafting Republic

Fraz. Clos Savin, 11010 Aymavilles, Italy
Excellent
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5 based on 168 reviews

Rafting Republic

Rafting Centre for all ages, kayak and hydrospeed. Navigation along the rapids is organised by levels and with the help of our guides everybody can experience the emotion of riding the river. The Centre base is a relaxing green area, with a small lake where you can fish, grills to prepare your own meal and an Adventure Park with ropes and pulleys on the trees. And a barfood beside, with swings for the toddlers.

Reviewed By monique n - Den Bosch, The Netherlands

We as Dutch familie joined this rafting experience with Rafting Republic just now with English and Italian tourists, and were happy to have it all: an exciting tour in a broad but 'fast' river, a very experienced and professional guide, english as leading language in...MoreMany thanks Monique for having been with us and for your great review, we wish to see you all again! Gea

5. Pila

Frazione Pila 16, 11020, Gressan, Italy +39 0165 521148
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4.5 based on 454 reviews

Pila

Reviewed By DNOD111 - South Wales, United Kingdom

Been back here two years in a row. The bike park and surrounding trails are amazing. The main park is great for full downhill rigs as is some of the off piste. It is a lot quieter than Morzine especially on the mid week days. Few of the longer off piste tracks are better suited to trail/enduro bikes, check the trail profile on strava before you hit them. La Thuile up the road is epic, some awesome EWS stages to have a bash at.
The village is pretty quiet in the summer season. Still a few small restaurants open and some great pizza and pasta to be eaten. Bit more going on down in Aosta if you want a few more choices for food. We've stayed at the Etoile de Neige twice which has been perfect on both occasions.
Will be coming back again.

6. Castello Reale di Sarre

Localita Lalex, 11010 Sarre, Italy +39 0165 257539
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4 based on 397 reviews

Castello Reale di Sarre

The time span of almost a millennium represents the background of this castle. It was built in its present form at the beginning of the eighteenth century and in 1869 it became the property of the king Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, who chose him as one of his favourite hunting lodges. The visit includes the royal apartments on the main floor with the living room and the trophy gallery, an extraordinary tribute to the king's passion for hunting, here transformed into decorative art. Some teaching rooms were arranged on the ground floor to explore the history of the royal hunts in the Alps and the history of the castle, while the second floor rooms retrace the history of the Savoy dynasty in the twentieth century through the furniture and the portraits.

Reviewed By Albia-Newton - Weston super Mare, United Kingdom

This old (13th Cent.) Castle was rebuilt and turned into a Royal Hunting Lodge in the 1800s.
The castle itself is impressive and in a scenic location, but the restoration of the rooms is what makes this worth a visit.
The displays detail the history of the Italian Monarchy, from Unification to the end of the Monarchy after the Second World War - Told through the characters who used the Castle as their Holiday Home.
The Guided Tour (the only way you can visit) is in Italian, but we were lucky as we were the only visitors - so the charming guide did the whole tour in English for us.
A great spot to visit if you are travelling through the Aosta Valley.

7. Natural Park Mont Avic

Frazione Fabbrica 164 | Champdepraz, 11020, Aosta, Italy +39 0125 960643
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4.5 based on 133 reviews

Natural Park Mont Avic

Reviewed By pabag - North west Italy

Wonderful place to hike and tour, quiet, beautiful scenery, there is a shelter near some lakes, but if you do not wish to spend the night, you can very well choose a trail that, although interesting, will not last more than 4-5 hours round trip. Accessible both from the side of Champdepraz and Champorcher.

8. Castello di Quart

Quart, Aosta, Italy
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4 based on 24 reviews

Castello di Quart

Reviewed By Grivola - Ottawa, Canada

There are so many old Castles and towers in Aosta, that it takes eons to conserve and open them to the public. Local historians have told me that there's no furnishings to put in them. Castello Quart has a rich history however and has been restored. It'sstill closed however but can be seen clearly from the valley below. Worth the drive up to Quart, follow the signs for the castle. Once there walk up and around to the left and back of the castle. Look for a steep path up through the trees and after 10 minute climb you can look down on the castle and see the interior courtyard and original chapel within. It's a great photo op.

9. Rhemes Notre Dame Ski Area

Loc. Chanavey, 11010, Aosta, Italy +39 0165 936187
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4.5 based on 118 reviews

Rhemes Notre Dame Ski Area

Reviewed By Davidsquash - Kingston, Canada

We started coming here for a day each year during our visits to Italy, primarily for the Via Ferrate which is a wonderful 2-4 hours adventure.
Aside from the Via, the area has gorgeous views a few restaurants for a cold beer and some food; As well as numerous trails into the Mountains and glaciers.
But again, we come here for the via ferrate and it is our favourite; challenging, gorgeous views a couple of nice Bridges.
Also there are bicycles for rent to bike around the area. We have not used them but it would be convenient and rather nice cycling.
We will be back!

10. JoyVillage

Localita Amerique 125, 11020 Quart, Aosta, Italy +39 0165 765482
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

JoyVillage

JOYVILLAGE is a family entertainment centre with videogames, classics and newest arcades, "tickets redemptions machines", JOYSHOP where win great prizes.Fantastic green tables “billiards”.Modern bowling lanes and “JOYBAR” where you can enjoy a relax time, a snack bar for a drink. JOY4KIDS area, a space dedicated to children from age of 3 to 9 with minibowling. A lot of fun for everybody.

Reviewed By Alexandra D

Мы приехали в Аосту кататься на лыжах и радоваться снегу, а тут льет дождь уже неделю. И заняться с ребенком 20 месяцев оказалось не чем. Очень рада была найти этот центр! Для малышей тут спортивный комплекс-лабиринт (лазалка), пластиковые горки и качельки. Дочь бегала и лазила почти час. Народу очень мало. Стоимость пребывания в детской части - 4 евро за 30 минут (с нас взяли 6 евро за 45 мин). Открывается, правда, поздновато (11:30), поэтому мы скоро ушли домой спать. И находится не в самом городе, а нужно проехать минут 10 на машине в сторону Турина.

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