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The Aosta Valley (Val d'Aosta) is the Italian region in the Alps where there is Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. Aosta Valley, which is the smallest of all Italian regions, lies in the northwest of the country.
The most spoken languages in Aosta Valley are French and Italian. In Gressoney Saint- Jean and Gressoney La Trinité, a minority also speaks German, which is spoken further north across the border in Switzerland. There is also a minority language called Arpitan or Franco-Provençal.
The Valley is an outdoor adventure lovers dream in the summer months it offers a wide range of climbing and hiking options above the valley floor. In the winter the valley is at the heart of the Italian skiing experience with such famous areas as Courmayer located here.
Thermal Baths A great year-round activity in Valle d'Aosta is a visit to the Thermes de Pre Sant-Didier. Incredibly relaxing in a beautiful setting overlooking Monte Bianco. See website for current prices and hours. Open late on Friday and Saturday evenings for nights under the stars. http://www.termedipre.it/spa_italy.asp 
Rock climbing:- There are crags bolted for sport climbing all over the area between them offering climbs at all grades, and at lengths from 10m to over 350m. The best guide is "Mani Nude: Arrampicata sportiva in Valle d'Aosta" by Massimo Bal and Patrick Raspo. Publisher: Martini Multimedia Editore. ISBN: 88-901125-0-6. Published in 2003. New crags and sectors have been developed since the book came out, and some of the directions for reaching the climbs are not good enough, so check on websites such as .
Cervinia has access to both the Valtourneche region and the Zermatt ski areas (at extra cost). However, early in the season the link to Zermatt is often closed, and the Cervinia area itself can also suffer from bad weather.
Many lifts have been upgraded in 2009, adding faster lifts with higher capacity.