Snow-capped mountains and rocky valleys protected by castles and delighted by its mountain traditions and alpine flavours
The Valley of Aosta, evocative and spectacular : the mountains melt the castles to form one single scenery with the nature that surrounds them, making the landscape out of time.... where only the density of castles fills the spaces of natural beauty... leaving to the traditions the aroma of orchards as well as the hearths of the houses the scents from cheeses and smoked. Although the Valle D'Aosta is the smallest region it will never be unveiled at once. but will want, as only a charming woman knows how to do, to be slowly discovered Castle by Castle with the slow of a horse, of a carriage ... or a bike even if you're driving... and then we just let going to admire : from Castel Savoia, the elective residence of Margherita of Savoy, which dominates, from its lush rock garden where the scents of alpine flora and its rare essences and with its lookout the valley to the glacier of Lyskamm , in Issogne with the splendid Gothic Renaissance castle, in Verrès, thirteenth-century military manor, softened by the rich decorations of doors, windows and monumental fireplaces, perfect union between the majestic and mighty essentiality of the fortress with the elegance of the castle. and again Castle Ussel, with the prisons of the Challant and the Savoy,... and the majestic Cly Castle in Saint-Denis. up to the famous Fenis Castle, with beautiful crenellated walls and majestic towers, which was the hunting lodge of King Victor Emmanuel II, as evocative as fairytale! Without skipping Sarre Royal Castle, located in Lalex, Aymavilles Castle, with the 4 mighty angular cylindrical towers. to finish the circuit the Castle of Sarriod de la Tour, in the flat area, cultivated with orchard, protected by an extensive wall curtain and with its evocative overhanging position on the Dora River.
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AOSTA VALLEY FOOD AND CASTLES TO TASTE WITH DINNER
A journey through the Castles and the foods, the Fontine, the Toma cheeses and the apple orchards that will make us taste the sweet atmosphere of the slow with our foodies pit stop with typical food tastings and dinner at local dairy
And it is precisely the breathing of the Castles the experience of today that will take us, crossing the apple orchards to reach Saint Pierre, at the foot of the castle, where "intoxicated" by artisanal and agropastoral products of local production, from the lard of Amard to the fontina, from the honey milleflowers to brandies, from Morgex wines to rye bread, we will make our first Foodies pit stop with a tasting happy hour. A visit to the Castle of Sarriod de la Tour, the complex architecture manor, composed of several buildings dating back to different eras. Don't miss the tower's stunning spiral staircase (the viret), the 14th-century frescoes of the chapel and the Head Room, the main representative setting, whose ceiling is supported by 171 shelves, carved in grotesque forms, and then climb up to Saint Nicolas, a village located on a small painoro at the foot of Mount Fallere, with a visit to the 17th-century church of St. Nicholas built on the edge of the cliff. We will continue to admire the silent enchantment of the central valley by touching small villages, where we taste Valdostani charcuterie, tomini, polenta , deer in psalms, tomes and fontina will be worth a second Foodies pit stop before proceeding so to Homene' S.te Marguerite, where to visit the little church frescoed with naif drawings and we will concud welcomed by a small dairy for an unforgettable tasting-dinner: that will be our last Foodies pit stop [....]
I VIAGGI DEL GUSTO- Via Dell'Oriuolo, 17 - Florence- Italy
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