24-Hours in the Aosta Valley
30th August 2020
Last modified on May 8th, 2021
PlanetSKI has recently been in Switzerland. It would have been rude not to pop over the border to one of our favourite places in the mountains and where we lived last winter – Aosta. And take a few pictures.
The drive up to the St Bernard Pass that connects Switzerland and Italy is one of our favourites in the Alps.
Partly due to the stunning Swiss scenery.
But also because we know what is coming next.
The pass itself with the famous St Bernard monastary and its idyllic setting.
And then the drive down into the Aosta Valley.
We’ve done the drive many a time and the scenery never disappoints.
In the middle of this picture is the top station of the tiny Italian ski station of Crevacol
A personal PlanetSKI favourite.
The barren rocky landscape is stunning in its simplistic beauty.
The landscape turns greener on the way down.
And all too soon we are entering Aosta itself with the connecting ski resort of Pila in the distance.
The city itself battles with Innsbruck in the Tirol as the most stunning historical city in the Alps.
There was no time to visit the Roman ruins, but we have done so in the past and will no doubt do so again.
The city is alive with summer visitors, mostly Italian as many international visitors are staying away due to coronavirus.
In the past the bars and restaurants had to pay the city authorities to have outside space – this has been waived due to coronavirus restrictions that allow limited numbers inside.
The restaurant and bar owners, plus the good people of Aosta are making the most of the expanded alfresco life.
There are covid-19 measures in place and most seem to be heeding the advice of the authorities – stay outside where possible, wear a mask unless eating/drinking and adhere to social distancing.
Just outside the city, to the north on the way to Monte Bianco, is Castello di Sarre.
Just one of dozens and dozens of castles that are in the valley.
It looked stunning under the summer sunshine.
And surrounded by Aosta Valley farm land.
So, why only 24-hours?
Well, we had anticipated the UK introducing quarantine from Switzerland and needed to be out before it came into force last Saturday.
With France off limits for an overnight stop, Switzerland was our preferred way out of Italy and back to the UK.
We were also collecting a few things from the PlanetSKI winter base in Aosta that we left in our haste to exit the country as it went into full lockdown last March and we needed to re-book our office/apartment for 3-months next winter.
Mission accomplished on both fronts.
Time for a celebratory ice cream then.
And a glance up at the snow capped peaks of one of our favourite places in the Alps.