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Aosta Valley

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The Aosta Valley is the smallest Italian region and its territory corresponds to that of its sole province. The region is situated in the far northwest of Italy and is the territory that forms the border with France and Switzerland. The territory is only alpine and in it there are the highest peaks in Italy, as well as the highest peak in Europe, Mont Blanc, with its 4810 meters. Along with it we have the Matterhorn, the Gran Paradiso and the Monte Rosa. The region is crossed longitudinally, and then divided into two parts, by the Dora Baltea river of 170 km that is born at the foot of Mont Blanc and in the first section has a shape of alpine stream.In the region was created in 1922 the first national park in Italy, the Gran Paradiso National Park, located in the south of the region on the border with Piedmont. In the Park you can see chamois, eagles, marmots and ibex. This animal was chosen as the symbol of the park. The region, by virtue of its status as an autonomous region, has the distinction of being bilingual, as well as Italian is currently also spoken the French. This language is also used in official documents and is being taught in schools as a mother tongue. The Aosta Valley is also connected with the territory of foreign states bordering it through the Mont Blanc tunnel, drive to France while the tunnel of the Gran San Bernardo is reached Switzerland; to these must be added the ancient mountain passes as the Piccolo San Bernardo that leads us in France and the Great St. Bernard that instead brings us in Switzerland.

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