Aosta was known as the ‘Rome of the Alps’. Its history is linked to Rome, starting with its name: Augusta Praetoria, founded to keep an eye on the Gauls and consolidate its dominance over the fertile Po Valley and Northern Italy. The Romans left Aosta with a rich heritage of monuments including the Arch of Augustus, the Porta Praetoria gateway, the Monumentale Teatro Romano theatre, the Amphitheatre, the Pont de Pierre bridge and many others that have been partly preserved.
The surrounding area also boasts the medieval legacy of churches and convents, as well as forts and castles. Its archaeological and monumental wealth makes Aosta a beautiful Italian city of art, even if it is associated more with snow and skiing. The mountains are of course a fundamental part of Aosta: they make up the scenery and are a tourist site that attracts people from all over the world, in winter and summer. All of these features make Aosta an all-season destination.
The Aosta Valley isn’t just about snow, and the fortified Fort Bard complex is proof of this. It was rebuilt in the XIX century by the House of Savoy on a rocky prominence overlooking the village of Bard, and is one of the major tourist attractions in the Aosta Valley, particularly from a historical and architectural point of view. The inside of the building was restored and opened to the public in 2006. It hosts permanent ancient and modern art exhibitions, as well as a photography exhibition that traces the history of the area. Fort Bard is also the location for important theatre and musical performances, particularly during the summer period.
Skyway Monte Bianco is a true wonder of technology that allows visitors to take a breathtaking journey through the peaks of Mont Blanc. The Skyway cable car was opened in 2015 and is made up of three stations: Courmayeur, the Pavillon du Mont Fréty and Punta Helbronner, which is the final part of this spectacular route through clouds and sky, culminating in an incredible panoramic terrace where visitors can admire Mont Blanc in all its majestic grandeur. The last station of Punta Helbronner has a hall that hosts a unique, permanent exhibition of Mont Blanc crystals, sure to fill both heart and mind with beauty.
An infinite white space, starting at 1524 metres in Valtournenche, embraces Breuil-Cervinia and climbs to 3480 metres to Plateau Rosà, reaching 4000 metres at the Klein Matterhorn and then climbing to 4478 metres to the peak of the Matterhorn. An infinite white space that spreads to the Swiss side of the Alps until it reaches Zermatt, a ski area where snow means sport, holidays and fun. The key word in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche is innovation. New ways to practise sports, new ways to enjoy holidays, new services that give the gift of time. In Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche everyone who works in the ski area works together to offer each guest cutting-edge solutions and high levels of quality.
Pré-Saint-Didier is a famous thermal spa located in the north-western part of the Aosta Valley, a place that wellness lovers cannot fail to visit. Thanks to its thermal waters and their incredible beneficial and therapeutic properties, which were already well-known in Roman times, the Pré-Saint-Didier thermal spa is one of the most high-quality tourist attractions in the Aosta Valley. Immersed in a breathtaking landscape and framed by incredible Alpine peaks, stands the Saint-Vincent thermal spa. The sophisticated spa offers a unique setting with an elegant design. The route takes visitors through three indoor swimming pools, to two panoramic outdoor pools where they can enjoy views of the valley.