Aside from the skiers and serious hikers, many people today think of Valle d’Aosta as “off the beaten track.” However, for millennia, the province had been a well-trod crossroad, acting as one of the main access routes between northern and southern Europe. In the 3rd century, Hannibal marches his elephants through the valley and generations of Roman legions trudged through, building roads and bridges that people still use today. For centuries, an unending stream of pilgrims trekked through on their way to Rome, overcoming impossible snows, exhausting altitudes, and the exorbitant tolls levied by the local lords.
Though no longer on the itineraries of many foreign travelers, this small region boasts a number of wonderful attractions and sites. Visitors can take advantage of the mild, and sunny climate – which differs from the area on the other side of the Alps.