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Aosta Valley & Alps real estate

Aosta Valley (Valle d’Aosta) is the smallest and least densely populated of all of Italy’s 20 regions. However, it is very popular with second-home buyers, which means that if you’re interested in Italian Alps real estate or any other type of Alps property for sale, you are assured of superb rental potential.

If your search for that dream property in Italy brings you to Aosta Valley, you will find yourself surrounded by some truly breathtaking Alpine scenery. Within the region’s borders lie Mt Blanc, at 4810m Europe’s highest peak; the 4,634m Mt Rosa and the 4,478m Mt Matterhorn. In addition one-sixth of its surface area is made up of the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy’s first national park and bestowed to the nation in 1922 by King Victor Emmanuel II.

The parkland is home to numerous species of endangered wildlife such as the ibex, chamois, marmot and ermine. It also offers a superb view of the Aosta Valley landscape, ranging from the snow-capped peaks and glaciers of the mountains down to its numerous valleys and little lakes.

One key attraction in purchasing Italian Alps real estate in Aosta Valley is its world-renowned ski resorts such as Courmayeur and Breuil-Cervinia. Thousands of eager outdoor sports enthusiasts are also drawn here by other activities such as mountain and rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and rafting. Thus it is an ideal resort for anyone looking for Alps property for sale that can be used all year round.

Other attractions of buying Italian Alps real estate here? Well, there are Aosta Valley’s 70 medieval castles, four of the most well-known being Issogne Castle, built in the 1100s on the ruins of an ancient Roman building; Fenis Castle, from 1200; Castle Verres, dating from the 13th century; and the 18th century Savoy castle.

As well as Aosta Valley’s natural wonders and ancient structures, there are the more recent man-made ones, in their own ways feats of engineering, such as the Mt Blanc tunnel and the Great St Bernard Tunnel. You will find them handy if you have a ski chalet or any other type of Alps real estate and property here as they conveniently link the region with Switzerland to the north.

To the west of Aosta Valley lies France, while Piedmont lies to the south and east. French as well as Italian are the region’s official languages. Since the 19th century a steady population drift away from the mountains has left them only sparsely inhabited and the overwhelming majority of its 120,000 inhabitants – just 37 per square kilometre – live in the valleys below.