There Aosta Valley it is the smallest region in Italy, but here there are many opportunities to experience a summer full of emotions.
Val D’Aosta is not alone mountain: in this region it is possible to explorelive and to relax. In summer, nature wakes up, the colors are brilliant and the scents more intense, the landscapes are always breathtaking.
The season starts in June and ends in October with many sporting, cultural, food and wine events. This is also the ideal destination for families, for a safe holiday immersed in the peace of nature parks.
In fact, many activities are offered for children and teens. From adventure parks, to outdoor sports, to activities at museums, farms and mines to discover traditions and learn to respect nature. You can even observe the sky from the astronomical observatory!
Jean-Pierre Guichardaz, Councilor for Cultural Heritage, Tourism, Sports and Trade in the Aosta Valley, next summer will be lively and full of suggestions for all tastes. The wonderful Valle d’Aosta landscapes will be the backdrop for numerous events to enhance the excellence of the territory in all respects.
The goal is to guarantee quality tourism, respect for the environment and contribute to the development of local activities.
Sports activities in the Aosta Valley
In terms of sports, the region is perfect for all kinds of sports activities, from the most extreme to the simplest. Trails, mountain bike trails, downhill, freeride or cross country pistes and bike parks.
And again: sports activities can be practiced in the alpine rivers: rafting, Canadian canoeing and kayaking, canyoning and sport fishing.
Not to mention mountaineering, where Val d’Aosta is the true homeland: here are the giants of the Alps, who need to venture out with a guide if you do not have the right skills. But there are also via ferratas and cliffs, ideal for starting to climb.
For those who prefer to limit themselves to watching sports, can Round trip in Italy with a stage starting from Piedmont and arriving in Cogne, in the presence of Gran Paradiso, after 177 kilometers and 4,030 meters of elevation gain.
Castles and villages in the Aosta Valley in summer are the perfect theater for exhibitions, film reviews and outdoor music events. In particular, Aymaville’s Castle reopens to the public on May 14 after an extensive restoration.
A famous cultural route is the Balteo Trail, a nearly 350 km long hiking trail. This connects forty municipalities at medium and low altitudes and resembles a journey into the culture and history of the Valle d’Aosta valley.
That Forte di Bard it is one of the best examples of an early nineteenth-century barricade fortress perched on a rock wall overlooking Dora Baltea. The exhibition will be installed here until December 22nd Umberto Mònterin, of sandisdedicated to the study of the mountains and glaciers of one of the pioneers of climatology in Italy.
For music lovers, the Musicastelle Outdoor Festival takes place in the alpine landscape: seven concerts under the stars in the mountains. Some have already been confirmed: we will start on 18 June Carmen Consoli in La Salle, June 26 with Lightning and Courmayeur. Continue with The list representative on July 2 in Allein, med Mannarino on July 9 in La Magdeleine and then on September 10 in Montjovet – Col d’Arlaz is the trip to Francesco Gabbani.
Then there is Lorenzo Jovanotti on July 13 with a special print of Jova Beach Party 2022 Mountain.
Not only art and culture, but also science: The Geofestival is held between July 30 and August 2, an event to spread awareness of the creation of the Alps and Mont Blanc between conferences and geological excursions with experts and alpine guides.
The cinema will also take place: from 6 to 13 August, Valtournenche and Breuil-Cervinia will present Cervino Cine Mountain Festivala festival dedicated exclusively to mountain cinema, in its 25th edition.
Of great charm, in late summer in late September, around the party in San Michele, it is Desarpa, a very heartfelt and fascinating traditional event because it takes you back in time. It is the transhumance of the cows that leaves the summer pastures at great heights to return to the stables at the bottom of the valley, for the purpose of winter.
Food and wine
This summer in Valle d’Aosta, gourmets will find something for their teeth: There are many local products, accompanied by fine wines.
We start with Prosciuttiamo, from June 17 to 19 in Saint Marcel, to taste the homonymous raw ham, expertly seasoned with mountain herbs.
La Seupa à la Vapelenentseor Zuppa alla Valpellinense – based on meat broth and cabbage, home-baked bread, but above all fontina – is in turn the queen of the festival now in its 53rd edition, on July 27 in Valpelline.
In Torgnon on 21 August, you can taste the area’s sweets and wines Sweet Torgnon. Instead, on September 3, an all-round sensory experience is planned through the aromas, flavors and stories of the wines, cheeses, honey and jams in the Aosta Valley, with Torgnon wine and cheese feelings.
In the last weekend of August in the Arnad festival Lardo, the only in Europe certified BOB. An opportunity you must not miss!
In October it is apple season (apple festival on October 2 in Gressan) and honey (in the second half of the month, honey festival in Chatillon). Furthermore, on the 3rd of this month, the village ovens are turned on to bake black bread on the occasion of the Lo Pan Ner festival. In La Salle, for example, bread is baked in various ovens around the city.
Are you looking for accommodation to attend these events? There is the portal managed by the regional tourist office, which allows you to book online without booking costs.