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.
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.
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 http://www.climbonthe.net/valleaosta/valleaosta.htm