So those of you who follow me on Instagram already know about my summer trip to Aosta Valley. Those tiny Italian towns with the backdrop of the alps, the lush green valleys, those stunning views of the Mont Blanc and picture perfect scenery at literally every step! And if that is not enough to convince you to visit this gorgeous and might I add, affordable section of the alps, then the promise of amazing cheese and freshly baked bread might just do it. And in this post I'm going to tell you all you need to know if Aosta Valley has now made it to your list..so read on!
During my seven day visit to the region, I stayed in the picturesque town of Charvensod for the first three nights and then moved to the city of Aosta for the remainder of my stay. Charvensod is a small town located just above the city of Aosta and boasts of agri-tourism. Everyone living in this town grows their own fruit, vegetable and herbs during the summer months, so you're guaranteed, simple, yet the freshest and tastiest meals around. There's not much else to do in this village though, but it makes the perfect destination for those wanting to get away from a stressful city life. Aosta on the other hand, is the capital of the region and is the biggest town around, making it the perfect place for those who would like to do day trips to the various valleys and natural parks this region has to offer.
Bionaz & Lago di Place-Moulin
Among all the little towns that are dotted throughout the alps, the first town I visited was the minuscule town of Bionaz. This town with just 240 inhabitants is probably the smallest I have ever visited but what it lacked in inhabitants, it more than made up in stunning 360 degree mountain views and the fresh and unpolluted mountain air. The town has literally only one bar, one pretty church, a public library and expanses of greenery all around. I took the day to read, click some lovely pictures, relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
The main reason I visited the town though was to find a route to get to the Lake of Place-Moulin which is situated close to the Swiss border. But due to the lack of public transportation to the lake, I soon had to give up on that plan. So if you are planning to rent a car during your visit to this region, make sure to add this lake to your list. Even though the lake is a man-made one, it looks like it is the dreamiest one in this region.