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Valle Aosta (Aosta Valley)

aosta piazza chanoux st pierre gran paradiso
Valle d'Aosta is located in northwestern Italy, it is bordered by France to the west, Piedmont to the south and east and Switzerland to the north.
The region has 2 official languages: Italian and french.

Places to see - Things to do:
- Aoste, Saint-Vincent...
- Chamois, Gignod, Gressan, Morgex, Pont-Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthelemy...
- castles : Bard, Fenis, Gressoney-Saint-Jean, Issogne, Saint-Pierre, Verres...
- Trekking and Birdwatching in the Gran Paradiso national park...
- Winter-resorts : Breuil-Cervinia, Courmayeur, Aosta-Pila, la Thuile...
- monte Cervino, monte Rosa, Gran San Bernardo, monte Bianco...

Gastronomy: -non exhaustive list-
first dishes (fondue, gnocchi à la fontina, seupa di gri, country style soup...) ; main dishes (charcoal-grilled, Val d'Aosta style cutlet...) ; pork meats (ham from Bosses, lard from Arnad...) ; biscuits and desserts (blancmange, brochat, fiandolein, tegole from Aosta...) ; cheese (fontina, tomme from Gressoney...) ; wine and liqueurs (Blanc de Morgex, Enfer d'Arvier, Torrette ; genepi...)...

Folklore & Events: -non exhaustive list-
All year round
¤ many dates, "lo Tsan" in Aosta. It is one of the local typical sports still practiced in Valle d'Aosta.
January / February
¤ Carnival period, various events in several locations (Bionaz, Cogne, Courmayeur, Pont-Saint-Martin, Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses ...)
¤ variable dates, final of "la Bataille des Reines". the "reines" -queens- are the most fighting spirit cows of the herd, fighting to establish the hierarchy. Beginning in late March, each Sunday (pause in June-July), clashes are going on in the arenas built in the different villages of the region, the animals are not at risk but the competitive spirit is alive.
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