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Autonomous Region of Valle d ’ Aosta is located in the north-west of the country and is the smallest Italian region
For many centuries, the Aosta valley had great strategic importance. Since ancient times to the present day Aosta is a trade route from France and Switzerland to the south and to the sea in south-eastern Europe. It is no accident here has about 100 of medieval castles
The region's capital, Aosta, is located in a place where the roads diverge in the Mont Blanc and Gran San Bernardo. The city was founded by the ancient Romans and was named in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus, who in 25 BC, won a victory over the tribes here and the Celts founded his outpost. In the old city preserved the Arch of Augustus, an ancient Roman city wall and the amphitheater
. residents of the area, valdostane, speak Italian, French and ancient arpitanskom languages ??
Aosta Valley is surrounded by the highest European peaks: Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Monte Cervino. It brings together 28 ski resorts, among which are Cervinia, Courmayeur, La Thuile, Monte Rosa region
in summer, the region is not less lively than in winter. Skiing on the glaciers, mountain biking, trekking, rock climbing, mountain rafting, golf – This is not a complete list of summer outdoor activities. On the Dora Baltea River carried out by rafting World Cup.


Italy began in the Apennine peninsula, where there is a shelter fugitive robbers, and all kinds crooks fleeing the persecution of the law somewhere at home. They and their descendants conquered half the world and founded a state - “ a superpower ”, as we would say today - the most powerful of which do not know until now the story

  they invented and tested in practice all existing. today form of government. They have created the language in later versions of which now says half the planet. Fundamentals of modern civil law and culture, too, laid them.. Even Christianity in its western interpretation - are they the same

  to fulfill its historic mission, the great empire shrank to the size of modern Italy, the same “ ”, the boot from which all went. Boot from pebbled leather. Toga turned into suits, Forum – in Parliament, a simple greeting by raising his hands unfolded in a science called “ ”, the protocol and instead politically incorrect, but a specific “ Carthage must be destroyed ” It is now used pretty formulirovochki like “ the operation to enforce peace ”.

  Italy – unique country. The country is standing at the cradle of European civilization and, in fact, create it. Its contribution to modern culture is not limited to the ancient times - in the Middle Ages it also remained out of competition. If someone like log   &Ldquo; ”, Forbes decided to compile a ranking of artists and sculptors of all time, in his first “ ten ” hardly found more than 2-3 places for someone else, besides the representatives of the Italian Renaissance

 . The term “ all roads lead to Rome ” Today, just as in ancient times, it is a simple statement of fact. Because if you want to see the masterpieces of ancient and medieval architecture, it is nowhere in such an amount as in Italy – Naples, Florence, Venice, Rome. Paintings and sculptures by the great Renaissance artists for hundreds of years, of course, spread throughout the world. However, most of them are still in the museums of Italy

 . The historic birthplace of the opera world – Italy, and with all due respect to the Bolshoi Theater and Mariinsky Theater, budding singers from around the world go on probation is not in them, and in Milan “ La Scala ”. And even it is already the center of a modern high fashion today also here – names of Italian fashion designers and fashion houses now know, even those who have never nothing wore

  Finally, the famous ski resorts in the Italian Alps:. Cortina d ’ Ampezzo, Madonna di Campiglio, Fassa Valley, Bormio , Courmayeur... and when summer comes, it's time to remember that the Italian Alps - this Dolomites National Park included in the UNESCO World cultural heritage Site by UNESCO, with mountain lakes, rivers and waterfalls, and the top of the Marmolada with opening with her enchanting views, and the eastern slopes of Mont Blanc, and painting s “ a fairy tale in the mountains ” &Ndash; agordo towns, Alleghe, Livinalongo, Rocca Pietore...

  Italy – it is a living world history. However, it is not necessarily concentrated in the large cities. On the contrary, only traveling through provincial Italy, experiences a sensation, as if transported in a time machine to many centuries ago

 . Aosta. Former Cordelia – rebellious Alpine town pleases contradict himself Emperor Augustus, for which he was captured and destroyed by them. Triumphal arch in honor of the victory of the Romans are still preserved, as well as the walls surrounding the city on the perimeter, and the Praetorian Gate, which served as “ official ” entrance to the city, and the picturesque ruins of the Roman theater on the background of mountain peaks, similar to the Greek Acropolis

 . Sovana – Center of the ancient Etruscans, built of tufa

 . Reggio de Calabria – The former Greek colony, with the remnants of the stone walls of the Greek, Roman baths and the community by the Aragonese Castle. It should be here himself from the VIII century BC. e. &Ndash; and years did not take

 . Herculaneum. Town at the foot of Vesuvius, once – one of the richest in Rome, was buried under a layer of volcanic ash during the eruption of the 79th year...

  in the small towns of Italy, time is compressed as much as once contracted space of the Roman Empire. Wandering here and you realize that in these old houses with colorful frescoes, marble tiles and mosaic floors lives all the same as they were centuries ago, the people. Only patricians moved somewhere...

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