The Aosta Valley (Italian: Valle d'Aosta, French: Vallée-d'Aoste or Val-d'Aoste, Franco-Provençal: Val d'Outa) is a mountainous Region in north-western Italy. It is bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north and the region of Piedmont to the south and east.
With an area of 3,263 km² and a population of about 120,000, it is the smallest, least populous, and least densely populated region of Italy. It is the only Italian region which has no provinces (the province of Valle d'Aosta was dissolved in 1945). Provincial administrative functions are provided by the regional government, . The region is divided into 74 comuni (communes).
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|Origin of the Name|
|Reliefs - Passes - Coasts - Islands|
|Agriculture - Stock-Farm - Fishing|
|Industry - Tourism|
|Position and Frontier|
|Rivers - Lakes|
Origin of the name: Romans after having defeated Salassi, a Gallic population that lived in the valley of Baltea in 25 before Christ, founded a city where rose a camp. It had called in honor of Ottaviano Augusto, August Praetoria and from that name it derives the actual name of the Region and the city of it: Aosta.
Landscape: In the smallest region of Italy there are the tallest mountains of Europe. The aspect of Val of Aosta is that typical of the tall mountain with narrow and rocky throats, tall points, snow and perennial glaciers, colored lawns, pastures, woods, small villages, typical houses, luxurious hotels and roads with steep inclinations.
Agriculture - Stock-farm - Fishing: The geographical structure allows of take advantage of little cultivable areas. The crops are only those characteristics of mountain or rather potatoes, rye, apples and pears. The most important crop is however that of the forage for the breeding of cattle, therefore the production of meat is notable, of butter and cheeses, besides all the milk products.
Position and Frontier: The region has dipped between Alps Graie and Alps Pennine. It confines to north and west (political border of Italy) with France and Switzerland, to east and to south with Piedmont, of which geographically makes part of it.
Rivers - Lakes: The principal river is Dora Baltea with many small natural tributaries that in the time have dug some side valleys, meeting all to thorn of fish in Basin of Dora Baltea. Climate: The climate is typical of the alpine regions: cold rigid of winter and coolness in summer. In the period from October in March snows abundantly, is in tall mountain that in the valleys.
Population: The population has installed especially in the valley bottom and along the course of Dora Baltea. Around a third alive in the city of Aosta, the rest in small countries and suburbs around the city. The greatest part of the inhabitants speaks a French dialect, the frank-Provenzal patois and the bilingualism has recognized officially, also in the public and administrative actions. The schools have the obligation to teach the French language. A small minority that is found in Valley of Gressoney speaks the German language and the inhabitants are called Wals.
Communication: With the opening of the two piercing, that of Gran St. Bernard and that of White Mountain inaugurated in 1963, a big economic advantage was had for the region. The highway connects Aosta to Turin. There are no international railway nets, only a regional line that crossing the region, departing from Ivrea and arrives to Pré St. Didier next to Courmayeur.
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