Is this the best place in Europe for active families?

Ben Smith
14th October 2020

Clean air, majestic mountains, long alpine roads, exquisite food – Valle d’Aosta has well and truly earned its place on the map as a world-class destination for families. And with an ever-increasing number of travellers looking for holidays in which the majority of time is spent outdoors, the Italian Alps ticks all the boxes. Vast areas of open space mean that you and your clan can avoid the crowds wherever your activities take you, all the while enjoying the best of Italy’s gorgeous natural surroundings. Valle d’Aosta is without a doubt one of the finest places in Europe for active families – find out our top three reasons why

1/3 Water sports

Between April and October, the mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, forests and parks of Valle d’Aosta come to life, creating a summertime idyll and a destination brimming with outdoor adventure. As a mountainous region, the arrival of the warm weather ushers in a plentiful supply of freshwater from the peaks as the snow melts and the previously wintry landscape explodes with colour and wildlife.

The biggest, wildest river in the region is the Dora Baltea that flows through the central valley with glacial water running off the Mont Blanc massif. It is perfect for adventure, where you and your family can follow the lead of an expert river guide to experience the Aosta Valley in all its glory, exploring its rocky canyons and rapids by raft or kayak on the upper sections of the Dora. For better views of Mont Blanc and a slightly more relaxing trip, take on the Dora Baltea rapids in Pre Saint Didier. Raft or kayak through the Gorge de l’Enfer at a gentler pace, winding along the lower part of the big river through the impressive natural landscape and hidden spots created by the gorge, as well as through vineyards, past medieval castles in Saint-Pierre and by ancient ruins in Châtel-Argent.

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