The smallest and least densely populated region in Italy, the Aosta Valley sits nestled between the alpine peaks of France, Switzerland and Piedmont. Popular with Italian outdoor enthusiasts, the Aosta Valley is not well known to the rest of the world.
The high altitude brings a long snowy season and with it, ski and snowboarding enthusiasts. In the summer, hiking and biking are preferred outdoor activities. Spring and fall are generally quiet as the weather is unpredictable, and the region goes into hibernation.
Cuisine in the Aosta Valley is robust, relying on potatoes, meat, and cheeses like Fontina. Wines of the region include Cornalin, Fumin, and Petite Arvine.