Located in north-western Italy, Valle d'Aosta, or the Aosta Valley,
is the smallest region in all of Italy. Bordered by some of Europe's
highest and most beautiful mountains, the surroundings are not thetypical
Italian landscape we have gotten used to.
d'Aosta, whose capital is Aosta-Aoste, is a highly multi-cultural
(and thus, multi-lingual) region in Italy due to the presence of
international neighbors and governing races at different points
intime. With France and Switzerland in the outskirts, and previous
Romanand German occupancy in some parts, various languages and dialects
cannaturally be heard from the mouths of residents of this Italian
region.Though its government legislatures and acts are written in
French, the widely used dialect is Franco-Provencal.
As a part of Italy, it is also of course very
rich in arts and craftsmanship. However, the artistic heritage is
not typically Italian either. Gothic structures are most obvious
in all areas, despite being previously occupied by various cultures.
Amidst the many Gothic churches and castles that sprawl throughout
the region, The Treasury Museum of the cathedral in Aosta-Aoste
provides us with much proof of Gothic inspiration with the multitude
of marble statues and other
sculptures on display for our appreciation.
There is a multitude of sights to see and savour
when in Val d'Aosta
(as it is also called). The grandeur of its marble-clad towns are
not to miss. Though it is the smallest region in the country, Valle
d'Aosta can very well be considered as one of Italy's greatest hidden