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Aosta & the castles

Getting there

By plane

Aosta can be reached from airports in the adjacent regions: Turin Caselle (TRN), Milan Linate (LIN) and Milan Malpensa (MXP) are all between 1 and 2 hours by car.
Visitors can also use the airport of Geneva Cointrin (GVA), approximately 2 hours’ drive away via the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

By train

Aosta can be reached from Milan and Turin stations; however, 1 or 2 changes are always required during the journey.

By bus

There is a widespread network of bus services to the Aosta Valley. Visitors can get to the region by bus from Milan, Turin and Novara with the Savda company. In summer there are also bus connections from further south, as far as Rome.

By car

Coming from Turin, the A5 motorway leads directly to Aosta. From Milan, take the E25 link road to Ivrea, where you join the A5 for Aosta.
The Mont Blanc and Great St Bernard Tunnels, meanwhile, access the Aosta Valley from Switzerland and France via the SS 26 and SS 27 national roads.

Getting around

By public transport

There are plenty of connections between the various towns: in the valley bottom the railway runs from Pont-Saint-Martin to Aosta. Meanwhile the main bus companies are Savda and Svap.

By taxi

Taxis are available at any time of year. Alternatively, cars with drivers can be hired.

On foot

The city centre of Aosta is mostly pedestrianised and offers visitors numerous historical sites as well as plenty of shopping. What’s more, in the areas around the valley’s castles, guided walks are organised throughout the year, immersed in nature and history.

When to go

Summer

In the summer months all sorts of activities are available in the Aosta Valley and its castles: the city offers wonderful walks among the streets of the historic centre in maximum temperatures of around 25°C; not to mention the numerous fairs celebrating Aosta’s culinary traditions and handcrafts. Around the region’s castles, visitors can take a trip on horseback or horse-drawn carriage, on foot or by mountain bike. This season also sees many temporary exhibitions and events taking place in the larger castles.

Winter

The perfect time of year for ski enthusiasts, who will find a wonderful ski area in Pila, a few kilometres from Aosta. But that’s not all: in winter the regional capital is blanketed in snow and enlivened by festivals, culminating in December with the Christmas markets. Outside the city, visitors can explore the characteristic smaller towns, admire snow-covered castles or spend time in spa centres.

What to bring

To be perfectly prepared for Aosta and its castles, we recommend bringing clothing suitable for a variety of activities: if you’re looking for trekking or outdoor sports in general you’ll need to pack layers, to be ready for warmth as well as cold.

Budget

Accommodation

In Aosta town, visitors can find apartments, B&Bs and hotels with average prices ranging from €80 to €130 per night. If you prefer to stay near one of the valley’s many castles, average prices range from €60 to €200 a night in a hotel or B&B.

Eating out

The entire route of the castles and the city of Aosta itself boasts a wide variety of restaurants, trattorias and inns to suit all tastes and – above all – pockets. Average prices vary from €15 to €35 per person; for a really special meal or an important event, prices rise to between €45 and €100 per person. Don’t miss Il Vecchio Ristoro, the region’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, right in the centre of Aosta.

Getting around

A single-trip Svap ticket, valid for all urban and extra-urban lines on the Aosta plain, costs €1.50. Savda and Vita buses link the regional capital with all the towns in the valley: a single ticket costs €2.40.
Weekly hire car can cost between €150 and €800.

Local cuisine

Tourte de Pâques: a savoury springtime dish, traditionally made at Easter in the village of Arnad. A polenta of maize and wheat is layered alternately with local sausage, lardo and coarsely chopped wild herbs and baked in the oven with a sprig of rosemary.

Involtini di Fénis:small veal escalopes filled with fontina and mocetta, a typical local cured meat similar to bresaola. The rolls are sprinkled with flour and brandy before being simmered slowly with butter, stock and cream.

Piata di Issogne: a kind of sweet rustic bread, which bears the De.C.O. (denomination of comune of origin) mark and was apparently much loved by the Challant family, lords of Issogne castle. Butter, honey, walnuts and raisins are added to wholemeal bread dough, and the whole thing is topped by a layer of apples and sugar.

Fun facts

Il Forte di Bard, nel marzo 2014, è stato uno dei set del celebre film Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fa infatti la sua comparsa già all’inizio del film come base segreta dell’organizzazione Hydra. La mostra dedicata si è conclusa nel maggio 2017, ma per gli appassionati di cinema è ancora possibile visitare i luoghi dove sono state girate le scene del film.

the 10 reasons to visit Aosta & the castles

Forte Bard
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Visit magnificent Fort Bard and its fascinating exhibitions

Centro storico di aosta
2

Admire the ancient Roman city while strolling through the old centre of Aosta

Castello Fenis Aosta
3

Explore scenic Fénis Castle, one of Italy’s best-preserved fortresses

terme di saint vincent
4

Relax in the thermal baths of Saint-Vincent

strada dei vini valle d'aosta
5

Sample excellent wines and see where they’re made on the Aosta Valley’s Wine Route

Castello di Issogne Aosta
6

Find out why Issogne Castle is also known as the Castle of Dreams

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Parco naturrale Mont AVic
7

Go on an excursion to the Mont Avic Natural Park

area megalitica Saint Martin de Corleans
8

Visit the megalithic area of Saint-Martin-de-Corléans

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osservatorio astronomico valle Saint Barthelemy
9

Watch the stars from the Aosta Valley Astronomical Observatory in the valley of Saint-Barthélemy

Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta ad Aosta
10

Contemplate the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Aosta

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