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Itinerary by car in Valle D’Aosta

Embark on a captivating journey through Valle d'Aosta with a meticulously planned car itinerary, immersing yourself in breathtaking landscapes and charming villages along the way.

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Itinerary by car in Valle D’Aosta

Traveling by car in Italy is always enjoyable! The roads, in addition to being very well maintained, are well signposted, and you can drive from north to south without major problems. Today we offer you a driving itinerary through the beautiful region of Valle d’Aosta, which is full of charm and elegance! Let’s go? Let’s go to our post of the day. Itinerary by car through Valle d’Aosta. Stay with us and make the most of boot country! Here at Italy’s Dream Tourism you can make the trip of your dreams come true!! Also check out our Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your Vacations Section!

Our Introduction

The Aosta Valley is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, as well as fascinating and spectacular, a region that offers many opportunities for its visitors; it is known not only for its mountains, but also for the fascinating castles that, with the nature that surrounds them, make the landscape even more extraordinary. This small region contains natural wonders, valleys, and hills, truly extraordinary, and it is a territory that offers fun and attractions for everyone of all ages. How about taking a full-day private castle tour with lunch in the Aosta Valley? Click here to learn more!

Getting around is made easier by the fact that the distances are not huge; in fact, the Valle d’Aosta can be covered in a few hours by car. That is why we have decided to offer you a five-day itinerary to discover its fascinating castles, its villages, and the most beautiful resorts in the mountains, using the car as a means of transport. At this point, all that’s left is to head out to discover this interesting region. Read also: Where to ski in Valle d’Aosta?

1) Itinerary by car through Valle D’Aosta— FIRST DAY

First Day: What better place to start the trip than from the Gran Paradiso Park, visiting Cogne, which is considered the most beautiful and famous valley around here? This charming village preserves environments of great attraction, is populated by a rich alpine fauna, and has a wide variety of plant species, including some of the floristic rarities of the region. The position is beautiful, in fact, with the peaks of the Gran Paradiso in the background, which seems to be a painting, both in summer, when it is one of the most popular destinations for hikers, and in winter, when the snow wraps everything in a white and wonderful coat.

A little more about Cogne

Among other things, the cogneins were able to protect the inhabitants from the development of excessive buildings, and thus the villages retain the characteristics of the past with carefully restored traditional houses. Cogne has a past rich in history, culture, and traditions, which the population tells through its customs, exhibitions, and meetings. In summer, with the veillà, the crafts that were practiced in the vigils of the long winters are reminiscent of the streets of Cogne. And it is in winter that the wide area between Cogne, Valnontey, and Lillaz is crisscrossed by cross-country ski trails, while the dozens of icefalls embellish the valley and make it an international attraction. After visiting this wonderful place, take the opportunity to enjoy an excellent dinner with local products and then go to bed.

2) Itinerary by car through Valle D’Aosta – SECOND DAY

Second Day: On the second day, we head to the capital, the city of Aosta, located in the heart of the region, which represents a center rich in history and culture. Aosta will surprise you with its elegance and the incredible Roman ruins. It is a destination that attracts tourists all year round: in spring, when the valleys bloom again; in summer, for those who love the sea and like to observe the freshness of the mountain; and, of course, in winter, with the nearest ski slopes. How about a Mont Blanc Cable Car trip with one of the most charming views od Italy? Click here to learn more!

A little more about Aosta

Explore the center of Aosta in just a few hours, marveling at its blend of Roman and medieval monuments, including the Arch of Augustus, the Pretoria Gate, the Theatre, the Walls, and the renowned Collegiate of Sant’Orso, dedicated to the city’s patron saint. After a brief break for a light meal, head to Issogne Castle in the afternoon, a lavish Renaissance residence adorned with exquisite frescoes, coffered ceilings, and the iconic iron pomegranate fountain symbolizing the Challant family. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner at a traditional restaurant, indulging in the specialties of the Aosta Valley before retiring for the night. Check out our section on Food in Italy!

3) Itinerary by car through Valle D’Aosta – THIRD DAY

Third Day: On the third day, you will visit the Castle of Fenis, one of the most famous castles in the Aosta Valley. It is one of the most popular destinations, and it was decided to include it in the itinerary as it is a must-see destination for castle lovers. The castle of Fenis is located in the municipality of Fenis, in the village of Chez-Sapin, which can be reached on foot without any problems due to its position at village level. Near the castle, there is a large free parking lot with toilets and a picnic area. Its appearance, of a typical medieval castle with crenellated towers and walls, has become an icon and symbol of the region, depicted in books and brochures and used as a location in several films. Read also: When is the best time to travel to Italy?

A little more about Fenis Castle

The castle of Fenis stands out for its unique location on flat land, unlike other castles in the area. It boasts a remarkable collection of fifteenth-century frescoes, enhancing its charm. Access to the castle is through guided tours included in the entrance fee or private tours. Visitors can explore the frescoed courtyard and various rooms on the ground and first floors. After the tour, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the castle walls, surrounded by picturesque meadows and nature trails perfect for relaxation and photography. Consider staying in a family-run B&B nearby to savor local delicacies and experience a peaceful night’s rest.

4) Itinerary by car through Valle D’Aosta – FOURTH DAY

Day Four: After a tasty breakfast, you leave the hotel to head to the foot of Monte Bianco, where Courmayeur, one of the most famous tourist resorts in Italy, is located. From a small farming town, Courmayeur has become a renowned ski resort as well as one of the best holiday resorts. In 1850, Courmayeur founded the Company of Guides, the first in Italy, while the second in the world is in Chamonix.

A little more about Courmayeur

The historic House of the Guides in Courmayeur features an intriguing Alpine Museum showcasing the history and activities of the local guides, along with a stunning exhibition of crystals from Monte Bianco. Courmayeur attracts notable guests from various fields and offers excellent opportunities for winter sports enthusiasts amid breathtaking mountain scenery. Along Via Roma, visitors can explore renowned shops, elegant bars, and cafes exuding a magical atmosphere. Additionally, Courmayeur serves as a gateway to the Mont Blanc cable car, offering unparalleled views of glaciers and snow-capped peaks. After a delightful dinner at a typical eatery, it’s time to rest for the night.

5) Itinerary by car through Valle D’Aosta – FIFTH DAY

Day Five: On the last day, you will visit Bard. A little more than a hundred inhabitants inhabit this medieval village, which experts consider the smallest town in the Val d’Aosta and which is part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The village of Bard is today among the top 20 most beautiful villages in Italy. It is a typical transit village born along the Roman road that today keeps its medieval urban structure almost intact.

A little more about Bard

The stunning scenery surrounding Bard crowns its famous fortress, which the House of Savoy rebuilt in the 19th century. The village exudes an authentic atmosphere, especially during events like the December nativity scenes and medieval costume parades during mid-August and the Marché au Fort food and wine festival every second Sunday of October. After exploring this charming village, savor a delightful dinner before retiring for the night, ready for your journey home the next day.

Map with the Driving Itinerary of Valle D’Aosta

Source: Google Maps

How to get to Valle d’Aosta?

Valle d’Aosta has an excellent road system.

1) How to get to Valle d’Aosta? BY PLANE

Valle d’Aosta has a regional airport, Corrado Gex, located outside the capital. It is little used, with Air Vallée as the only operating company. Turin Caselle Airport is 115 km from Aosta and offers a good number of flights to Italian and European destinations. Milan Malpensa airport is very popular and is located 180 kilometers from Aosta, offering a large number of connections, even low-cost, with Italian and European destinations.

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2) How to get to Valle d’Aosta? BY TRAIN

You can reach Aosta in about two hours by train from Torino Porta Nuova and Torino Porta Susa stations. Trains make intermediate stops at Pont-Saint-Martin, Donnas, and Chatillon, from which there are buses available to reach the sites located in the side valleys.

Did you know that Trenitalia is the leading Italian company dedicated to the management of rail transport? Read here, “What is the difference of trains in Italy?“. Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot; read the post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.

3) How to get to Valle d’Aosta? DRIVING

Most of the tourist flows enter the Valle d’Aosta from the neighbouring regions of northern Italy, most often reaching the holiday resorts by private means of transport. Turin connects to the A5 motorway and is about 55 km from Pont-Saint-Martin, about 98 km from Aosta (1 hour and 20 minutes drive), and 136 km from Courmayeur. From Milan, following the A4 motorway to Santhià, the distance is 185 km from the capital, Aosta (it takes about two hours). Read also TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY: EXAMPLES OF ITINERARIES

If you are renting a car, be sure to read our posts in the Driving in Italy section  of the Traveling to Italy blog. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signs, tolls, roads, and much more.

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Itinerary by car through Valle d’Aosta. Valle d’Aosta has become a popular destination for many nature lovers. There are more and more people who go there every year to visit and enjoy its beauties.

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