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Aosta Valley

Aosta Valley Italy The Aosta Valley is a mountainous Region in north-western Italy. It is bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north and the region of Piedmont to the south and east.
With an area of 3,263 km² and a population of about 120,000, it is the smallest, least populous, and least densely populated region of Italy. It is the only italian region which has no provinces (provincial administrative functions are provided by the regional government), and is divided into 74 comunes, the regional capital is Aosta/Aoste.
Valle d'Aosta was established as an autonomous region of Italy in 1948.

The Aosta Valley is an Alpine valley that with its side valleys includes the Italian slopes of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn; its highest peak is the Mont Blanc.

This region remained agricultural and pastoral until the construction of dams to harness the potential of its hydroelectric power brought metal-working industry to the region. Today it is also a major centre for winter sports, most famously at Courmayeur and Cervinia. The Dora Baltea has its origins in the Valle d'Aosta, flowing south to join the Po. The upper Aosta Valley is the traditional southern starting-point for the tracks, then roads, which divided here to lead over the Alpine passes. The road through the Great St. Bernard Pass (or today the Great St. Bernard Tunnel) leads to Martigny, Valais, and the one through the Little St. Bernard Pass to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Savoie. Today Aosta is joined to Chamonix in France by the Mont Blanc Tunnel, a road tunnel on E25 running underneath the Alps.

In Valle d’Aosta, within a natural basin surrounded by the majestic backdrop of the Mont Blanc chain, among larch trees and firs, among mountains and glaciers which make it incomparable, Courma ...
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