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Bungalow Valle d'Aosta
Take a look through the cosy bungalows which we offer to visit and enjoy the beautiful Valle d’Aosta region.
Plant species in Valle d’Aosta
The flora of Valle d'Aosta has about 2000 different species(the total number of plants in Italy is 5600 species). Oak and chestnut groves grow on the hilly terrain, up to 800 m, in addition to fruit trees and vineyards. Alder, poplar, and willow grow together with thickets on the shores of Dora Baltea. The woody vegetation - deciduous at the lowest altitude - is gradually being replaced by mixed birch and maple forests, then, up to 2000 m, coniferous; there is also a rare valuable species - European cedar with long clusters of 5 needles. Here coniferous trees mountain grow and common pines, white fir with ash-white bark and protruding cones, and European with hanging. The tallest tree is the larch, which paints the woods golden yellow in the fall. The most common tree in the Mont Avik Regional Park is the mountain pine. The exceptional botanical diversity of the alpine meadow terraces is best observed in late June, during flowering: protected edelweiss and asteraceae appear. Moraines are home to a variety of rocky vegetation, heather, and juniper dwarfs. Several types of wormwood, which are collected for the preparation of the famous liqueur Valdostan Genepy, deserve special mention. The presence of medicinal peony is noted on the territory of Perlotz. Typical flora of wetlands can be observed not only in lake basins but also on peat swampy soils, such places are found in various nature reserves.
Animal species in Valle d’Aosta
In the small area of the Valle d'Aosta, there is a great variety of animal species. The goat-horn lives only at high altitude, where, thanks to its exceptional dexterity, it reaches every pile of greenery growing on the most impassable rocky ledge. The chamois lives under the same conditions. In recent decades, the number of deer has been steadily increasing, as the forest areas of the Aosta Valley are very large. The roe deer is widespread. The fox is found everywhere and at all heights. Among the small mammals in the mountains, the marmot and the rabbit are considered the most characteristic. An ermine that wears a protective white coat in the winter, a small weasel, various subspecies of martens, a badger - they all live here, but it is difficult to notice them. Between the birds should be noted the black grouse and golden eagle, as well as another large predator - the bearded vulture, which was recently returned to the wild after more than seventy years of absence.
Landmarks of the region
A significant part of the sights is concentrated in and around the city of Aosta. There is an archeological area on the outskirts, where many ancient artifacts have been found: from stone slabs with paintings to ceramics. All of them are stored in the Regional Museum. The fortress walls of Aosta are well preserved. They have protected the city since Roman times and now almost merge with modern buildings. Tourists can walk along the city walls and see the surviving towers and gates. Attractions in Aosta include Piazza Duomo with the cathedral. Its facade is close to the Romanesque style, while the interior of the cathedral is decorated in the Gothic tradition. Ancient stained glass windows can be seen in the Duomo. In the museum of the cathedral - get acquainted with the works of church art. Aosta Valley is famous for its medieval castles. There are more than a hundred of them in the whole region, but only a few are well preserved. Not far from Aosta, on a picturesque hill, is the castle of Kli. From the point of view of architectural solutions, this monument from the 12th century is quite primitive. But its location and the remains of an old Romanesque church nearby make the castle interesting for tourists. Much more remarkable is the architecture of the castle of St.Peter. Built in the 12th century, it passed from one dynasty to another. And each owner brought something new to the structure of the building. In the 19th century, the castle acquired a great appearance due to the addition of decorative towers. Equally interesting is the well-preserved Renaissance-style Isonia Castle. It became famous for its pomegranate-shaped fountain and unique frescoes in the style of rare alpine paintings from the Middle Ages. Curiously, the inscriptions left by its inhabitants, servants, and visitors have survived on the castle walls. Once inside, you can go up to the chic cameras of the former owners of the castle, decorated with family coats of arms.
Holidays in Valle d'Aosta
Outside of Italy, the region is widely known as a winter destination. All of the autonomous ski resorts are nearby, and ski pass holders can even visit the slopes of neighboring France. Courmayeur stands out among the resorts of Aosta. From ancient times it is popular among Europeans as a destination with a healing climate. Today there are a lot of bungalows which Nature house propose and more than 100 km of slopes are available for skiing. Pila is another resort with a free ski area and a snowboard park. In terms of infrastructure, it is not inferior to its neighbors: there are clubs, swimming pools, a casino, and more than 20 restaurants. But the opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts do not end there. The region has a well-developed network of mountain biking routes, mountaineering, and hiking. And those wishing to relax in the Aosta Valley have access to all the benefits of the luxurious, cosy, and silent bungalows which you can look through the website of Nature house.
The area is surrounded by inaccessible mountains on all sides, which is why it has a typical alpine climate. In the high parts of the Aosta Valley, summers are cold and winters are harsh, with temperatures down to -15 ° C. In the plains, the climate is continental - in summer the air warms to +30 ° C and in winter the temperature reaches -1 ° C. The dry summer season is sometimes interrupted by thunderstorms.