Nature, culture, history and art. The Aosta Valley is an open-air treasure trove all year round, inviting you to discover all its secrets and ancient traditions.
No matter what your tastes or expectations, you're sure to find plenty of inspiration to organise your next holiday. Here are just some of the many ideas of things to see and do near Chatillon.
Discover the new way of experiencing Mont Blanc! Immerse yourself in a dreamlike travel experience. The Skyway Monte Bianco is a work of extreme engineering, allowing you to travel 3,466 metres up Pointe Helbronner, the nearest mountain to Mont Blanc, in just 15 minutes!
As you climb, the futuristic cabin rotates, allowing you to admire the surrounding landscape at 360°, with breathtaking views of Europe’s highest peak as well as the surrounding mountains, such as the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso.
Aosta, then known as Augusta Pretoria, was established in 25 BC inside a rectangle whose boundaries were perfectly marked out by the mountains to the north, the Buthier river to the east and the Dora Baltea river to the south.
Still today, Aosta is known as the “Rome of the Alps”, thanks to the important Roman remains and findings here. If you love history, then don't miss the chance to visit this city and its most important remains from Roman times, such as the Roman Theatre, the Arch of Augustus, the Porta Pretoria gate and the town walls.
There are lots of castles dotted around the local area, starting from the one right here in Chatillon, in the heart of the town (although it is privately owned and therefore not open to the public) and the castle of Ussel, one of the most ancient in the Aosta Valley. Chatillon’s third largest castle is the Baron Gamba, which is also the region’s centre for modern art: it offers a significant exhibition of paintings, sculptures, artistic installations and photography collections, as well as the large landscaped parkland that surrounds it.
That’s not forgetting the other famous castles around the Aosta Valley, such as Fénis Castle, Issogne Castle and, above all, the Bard Fortress.
If you love relaxing in the pleasant surroundings of a spa or wellness centre, then follow our "Aosta Valley Spa Trail”. We offer discounts for the nearby Saint-Vincent Thermal Baths, and for L’EVE Spa Centre, the Monterosa Thermal Baths (35 km away) and the Pré St. Didier Thermal Baths (60 km away)!
Did you know that Chatillon is also known as the ‘City of Honey’ and is a member of the Association that brings together Italy’s honey capitals? If you find yourself here during the last weekend of October, you can visit the town’s really sweet festival!
Come along and discover “The Magic of Christmas in the Aosta Valley”. The most important places to visit include Aosta, home to the famous “Marché Vert Noel”; Chatillon, with Gamba Castle providing an enchanting backdrop to “Chateau Noel - Santa’s Village” and Saint-Vincent, a charming mountain gem and the perfect place for some Christmas shopping.
From November to January, the Marché Vert Noel, among Northern Italy’s most popular Christmas markets, will welcome you to a real alpine village in the centre of Aosta, creating a unique atmosphere in the wonderful setting of the Roman Theatre, right in the heart of the city.
Chatillon is also great to visit, with the arrival of Santa Claus. Every weekend in December, Gamba Castle will be transformed into a large Christmas Market (Chateau Noel), playing host to Santa's Village with elves, a carousel, shows, entertainment, workshops for children and lots of fun for everyone.
The Aosta Valley is above all a “land to savour”. There is a huge number of typical products for you to discover on your next holiday. Local cheeses include Fontina, Gressoney Toma and a range of goat’s cheeses. Local cured meats include Jambon de Bosses, Lard d’Arnad and Jambon alla brace di Saint-Oyen. Local wines include Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle, Torrette DOC and Chambave Muscat DOC.
Not to mention the local honey and spirits made using mountain herbs (Genepy can only be found in the Aosta Valley!).
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