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At a time in which spending a holiday outdoors feels more important than ever, having somewhere as accessible and well-rounded as Valle d'Aosta is a real treat. Located in northwest Italy, it provides an idyllic alpine setting for families to put down the tech and stretch stiff legs after a long period of being stuck inside. Total solitude and serenity are easy to find while staying among the majestic mountains, yet the buzz of local Italian life and everything that comes with it is always just around the corner. It’s the heart of the Italian Alps and an ideal destination for an alpine summer break in 2020

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Whether seeking an adventure on land, water or up in the air, families are spoiled for choice with the range of activities available in Valle d'Aosta. In the mountains, climbing, hiking, road biking, mountain biking and e-biking are popular, while down in the valley it's all about golfing and horse riding. There’s rafting, kayaking, canyoning and fishing to do on the rivers and lakes, or paragliding, helicopter rides and hot air ballooning in the skies.

There’s even the opportunity to enjoy a spot of summer skiing on the Plateau Rosa Glacier, with snow quality as good as winter and a selection of slopes that cater to all abilities. For a slightly more relaxing day out, families can ride a cable car up to the highest points to drink in the best views of the world-famous mountain chain and its peaks, before heading back down to enjoy a relaxing spa treatment or a refreshing dip in the lake.

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