Aosta. Here we are on our way back from Paris to Bologna by car, for a quick but pleasant stop to break our trip.
Aosta is the principal city of Aosta Valley Region in the Italian Alps. This little town is the valley’s largest town, built by Romans and now full of monuments, shops, restaurants, and framed by beautiful mountains.
We got there at 9.30pm and Diana, the owner of the Centro B&B, warmly welcomed us. The studio room was super nice and cozy, perfectly equipped and indeed central.
Dinner time was almost passed and we were starving, so Diana suggested a nice restaurant close by and off we went to Sur la Place. They were kind enough to serve us even if the kitchen was almost closed so we were lucky to try the “polenta grassa” so literally “fat” polenta melted with butter and Fontina, a traditional cheese from that region well known for how it melts.
The portion was huge and the meal not exactly light, but perfect considering the -0 outside temperature.
Aosta, the town
The morning after, after breakfast we decided to explore this small town, capital of Valle d’Aosta Region, and we went for a walk in the sun… bright but surely not enough to warm us up.
The town center is small and all pedestrian and surrounded by Roman wall, we started from the main piazza, called Emile Chanoux. The central Christmas tree and the mountains around us, covered with snow, were really giving the “holiday feeling”. Terrific!
Second stop the Christmas market. From November till 6th January, the “Marché Vert Noël” is a Christmas village located into the old Roman theatre area. There we found all sorts of Christmas decorations and hangings, handmade wooden souvenirs, fabric handcrafts and of course Regional food and gourmet products.
We decided to have an alcoholic second breakfast with Bombardino, a very “mountany” drink with an egg liquor mixed with cream and served hot.
I did about Sur la Place.
After browsing among the stands and window-shopping on the main streets we decided to go for a quick lunch and we randomly choose La Vineria, a great wine bar and cellar with kitchen.
We had a quiche with spinaches and Fontina (again) and then an ‘assiette’ of traditional cheeses served with an apple compote and nuts.
The place was lovely, the sommelier suggested us also 2 traditional red wines to pair perfectly the meal (FUMIN and PETIT ARVINE). Great spot!
Before leaving we passed by the farmer’s market, by the colonnade of Piazza Chanoux, where I was tempted by each and single stand… I could have bought everything, from violet potatoes to apples, from wines to bread. I ended up buying another few kind of goat cheeses and I can’t wait to share them with friends during these Christmas holidays.
Great experience! Well done Aosta, you treated us so well, you spoiled us and now we can’t wait to be back.
Where to sleep
Via Gabriele Frutaz, Aosta
+39 335 822 7450
Where to eat
Sur la Place, Petit restaurant – local kitchen
Piazza Giovanni XXIII, 8, Aosta
0165548661 – 3280760227
La Vineria, Enoteca and food shop
Via S. Anselmo 121, Aosta
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