Italy // Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta //

The northwest: around Mont Blanc

Dominated by the snowy peaks of Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco to the Italians), the northern reaches of Valle d’Aosta are spectacular and very popular. The most sensational views are from the cable cars that glide and swoop across the mountain to Chamonix in France. The trip is expensive (€55 return, €46 one way), even if you take a bus back to Italy through the 11km-long Mont Blanc tunnel, and the service is often suspended because of bad weather.