Considered to be one of the most beautiful winter towns in the world
Almost all cities and natural landscapes look pretty in winter when covered in snow. Aosta, however, turns into something really special during the winter season, thanks to the charming local architecture and breathtaking surroundings.
The city of Aosta is one of the most remarkable places in Italy. Located in the northwestern corner of Italy in the center of the Aosta valley. Near the border with both France and Switzerland, it’s great for those who want to admire the Alpine landscapes near Mont Blanc, but also boast quite a few fascinating ancient Roman and medieval structures.
Aosta is an interesting city that tourists have yet to discover. The town is laid out in a grid pattern thanks to the Romans who inhabited it. Walking around the historic center is easy, and no cars are allowed. You will find a huge central piazza with plenty of cafes to satisfy your thirst or hunger.
While Aosta Valley is the smallest region in Italy, here you can find the highest peaks in the Alps: Cervino, Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and the king of them all, Mont Blanc, which at 15,781 feet is the highest mountain in Europe.
Those who are not keen to mountaineering can use the comfortable, yet thrilling, cable car; catch it just a few miles from Courmayeur, one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world. In this setting of stately mountains and diverse valleys sits the oldest National Park, the Gran Paradiso, where it is still possible to see animals in their natural habitat – ibex, chamois, eagles and marmots live in vegetation that changes according to the surrounding environment.
While Aosta is a very reasonably priced ski resort destination compared to its French and Swiss counterparts, there is no lack of luxury accommodations should you desire.
Nestled high in the Italian Alps, in the world-renowned Breuil Vervina ski area, the Hotel Hermitage brings luxury and worldliness to its guests. Backing up to the Matterhorn, skiers here can ski into Switzerland for lunch and then return to the hotel for a finely prepared Italian meal at the hotel made from the finest and freshest ingredients.
At the hotel, a huge openfireplace greets skiers coming in from the slopes. Rooms are decorated in rich reds and browns, adding to the cozy, ski-feel and opulent look. The hotel boasts incredible views of the village below and the impressive Matterhorn in the background. After a tough day out on the world-class slopes, skiers can relax at the Turkish bath, in the pool, get a massage or soak in a mud bath before indulging in an après-ski cocktail. With award winning service and stunning landscapes, this hotel is sure to impress anyone looking for a true luxury ski holiday.
If skiing is not of your interest, do make sure you visit in the green months of the year as well. Aosta is stunningly beautiful year round, and this region also offers an ideal setting for other outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, rafting and kayaking.