Heading north from Piemonte into Valle d’Aosta, the A5 and SS26 road snake their way through the BASSA VALLE (Lower Valley), peppered with ancient forts and castles. The Valle d’Aosta is dominated by the highest mountains in Europe, namely Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn, and in winter the region sees plenty of skiers from Turin and Milan thanks to its excellent resorts. In summer it’s a popular destination too, with plenty of outdoor sports including mountain climbing and trekking.

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