Discover the best top things to do in Valle d'Aosta, Italy including Punta Helbronner - Skyway Monte Bianco, Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, Val Ferret, The Roman Aqueduct-Bridge of Pont d'Ael, Natural Park Mont Avic, Lago d'Arpy, Cascate del Rutor, Rhemes Notre Dame Ski Area, Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area, Castel Savoia.
5 based on 3 reviews
We visited on the day we had taken the local bus down from la Thuile to go skiing in Courmayer.
I was intially ambivalent about making the effort to leave our skis over on the Courmayer pistes to take the cable car down, then walk over to the Skyway in ski boots, particularly as it was a cloudy day.
The cable cars rotate allowing everyone a varied vista.
You can take one cable car up to the first level, or two right up to the top.Prices vary, depending on which level you want to stop at, but was included in our 6 day ski pass.
When we reached the clouds I had not anticipated the absolute joy when clearing the clouds and emerging into the Sunshine to see the most magnificent view imagineable!
At the top station there is a restaurant and coffee shop. On climbing higher there is a viewing platform and then the highest is a metal viewing platform with an awe inspiring 360 degree view over the roof of Europe. Absolutely majestic!
We spent much more time on the viewing platform than we has anticipated as it was such a delight to identify the peaks, enjoy the Sunshine and soak in the view.
The engineering achievement is very impressive too.
5 based on 540 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 813 reviews
This valley is absolutely beautiful. We travelled by car, but for people wanting to hike, this is yet another paradise in the area. Compared to Val Veny, I did not notice camp sites or restaurant services,but there was certainly a regular bus service. Of note is that you can purchase locally-produced cheeses from a refrigerated van along the way.
4.5 based on 157 reviews
In proximity of the Pont d'Ael hamlet, on the right side of the road leading up to Cogne from Aymavilles, an aqueduct-bridge in masonry and stone blocks built above the Grand-Eyvia stream gives evidence of the magnificence of the works realised during the Roman era, measuring 56 metres in height and more than 50 metres in length. The monument had a double function of bridge and acqueduct and was consequently built on two different levels: a drain for canalizing water in the upper part and a covered passageway of about 1 meter width in the lower section, allowing the transit of men and animals. Free visit of the bridge all year round. From Spring to Autumn it is possible to visit the covered passage (for a fee).
This is an aqueduct left from the roman times, it is a short drive out of town but easily worth the drive. Aymavilles is an amazing mountain community that is its own little piece of history.
4.5 based on 133 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 240 reviews
Just park your car at the parking near the hotel at the top and walk to the lakes. It is about 1 hour walking but the destination is superb. Just relax there for some time and walk back. We enjoyed it!
4.5 based on 231 reviews
A must-do walk for summer visitors to La Thuile. The 'waterfalls walk' includes 3 Waterfalls, the first of which can be reached by an easy 15-minute walk, partly in the shade of a pine forest. There is a spectacular "cauldron" and an impressive mass of water, especially if you visit during spring melt. There is also a little bridge round the back - and on many visits I have never found the place crowded. The next 2 falls are about an hour further up (ten minutes separate falls 2 and 3), after some rather steeper walking (recommend proper trekking boots) alternated with flattish stretches through meadows - spectacular flowers in June. After the third waterfall you can go on up to a Lake and then the final one-hour hike up to the Rifugio Deffeyes, just below the eponymous glacier, for a rest and a hearty plate of polenta before making your way back down (you can also sleep there and go trekking on the glacier next morning - booking essential) If you walk quietly and stay away from groups, you will certainly hear marmots calling and may well see them.
4.5 based on 118 reviews
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!
4.5 based on 1 reviews
An infinite snowy area that begins at 1,524 metres, in Valtournenche, embraces Breuil-Cervinia, rises up to 3,480 metres of Plateau Rosà, touches the 4,000 m peak of Piccolo Cervino, climbes up to 4,478 m to the top of the Cervino. An area where the infinite snow continues on the Swiss side to Zermatt. An area where the snow is the setting of sport, holidays and fun. The tourism vocation of Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche had it’s beginning more than two hundred years ago. Excursionists and academics were the pioneers of a tourism that united sport, scientific study and intellectual exchange. In 1936, a new Breuil-Cervinia was created. The construction of the first cable car was a cutting-edge work of engineering excellence. The Hotel Gran Baita situated at the foot of the slopes, with the cable car departure station annexed to it, anticipates by over half a century the concept of an integral complex for skiing. Breuil-Cervinia became the Queen of the snow. From sport to cinema, politics and commerce, those who count meet here. Innovation, in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, is the key word. New ways to practice sport, new ways to enjoy a holiday, new services to allow more free time. The technology is not limited to the rapid lift systems, but also to the territorial fibre optic network that allows the information to be transmitted in real time. Time and space dimensions have changed thanks to the e-skipass, to the keycard and to the hotel reservation system via the internet. 350 thousands web navigators every month visiting the site to check out the webcams, weather reports, lift status and snow conditions. In Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, collaboration between the operators in the area guarantees guests quality and state of the art solutions.
A really fantastic resort for every level of skier. Super beautiful with Il Cervino (the Matterhorn) above you at all times - The piste area is extensive, with the option of exploring Zermatt as well as Cervinia and Valtourneche. The village is lovely, and there are lots of great places on the mountain as well. Also lots of great off piste.
4.5 based on 739 reviews
With its pointed turrets standing out from the surrounding woods, the castle of Queen Margarita of Savoy looks straight out of a fairy tale. Though it was built on models of the late Middle Ages, it dates from the early Twentieth century. It was then equipped with the latest technical equipment of that time, and it is surrounded by a large park with all the dependencies and a rocky Alpine garden with many botanical species. The interior still shows part of the original furnishings: paintings, stained glass, wood panelling, coffered ceilings and furniture made according to the taste of the Queen, she is evoked in all its parts by the flower bearing her name. The tour includes the ground and the first floor, connected by a spectacular wooden staircase with griffins and eagles.
A 20 minute walk from the centre of Gressonney St Jean, which is worth a visit (delightful coffee and light lunch at the Cafe Pinter), the Castel Savoia is an impressive grey-stone, many-turretted 19th century castle built as a summer residence for Queen Margaret of Savoy. We chose to go on a Thursday, the day we found that it closes but it was still worth a visit, even though the snow was so deep we could not walk all the way round. If you walk on a little further, you get to the small Weissmatten ski area. If you have a ski pass, make sure you get the free bus there and back - on others you have to pay!
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