If the ski slopes of the Aosta Valley are among the most popular for winter sports enthusiasts, its family-friendly attractions beyond the mountain are decidedly less known and less frequented.
Here, then, are five destinations not to be missed for those who are in those parts and are trying to plan a stay, even a short one, that offers something different from the classic ski holiday.
AT THE FORTE DI BARD TO DISCOVER THE MUSEUM OF THE ALPS
Considered a state-of-the-art museum space, the Museum of the Alps offers a multidisciplinary, multimedia and interactive path that winds through the 29 rooms that compose it, aimed at discovering the Alps and getting to know the mountains up close. Videos, sounds, projections allow us to reconstruct and understand the alpine environment that is told from an anthropological, meteorological, geological and naturalistic point of view.
To access the museum it is necessary to use the panoramic crystal elevators that from Borgo Mediavale di Bard go up to the rock.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00 and on weekends and holidays from 10.00 to 19.00.
ON THE TRAIN, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GLACIER
A small train to set off to discover the Mer de Glace, the largest glacier in the Mont Blanc massif. It starts from Chamonix and climbs up to Montenvers at 1913 mt. Here you can enjoy a splendid view of the impressive walls of the Drus and the Grandes Jorasses. On site it is possible to admire a small display of crystals and visit a tiny museum of naturalized alpine animals. In addition, every year, a tunnel is dug here in the glacier that leads to richly decorated rooms with furniture made directly from pure ice. For children who want to experience the thrill of living in the frozen world of Frozen.
THE MAISON DE L’ALIMENTATION AND THE ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM OF MAISON BRUIL
Maison Bruil, in Ville Dessus di Introd, is one of the greatest examples of rural architecture of the Gran Paradiso. Through the three floors that compose it it is possible to get to know the typical environments of the traditional house that housed, under a single roof, people and animals.
In addition, the exhibition was set up in the house Keep the souvenirs… se souvenir pour conserver, which aims to raise awareness of traditional products and the evolution of conservation techniques over the centuries. The setting up of the different rooms of the houses of the past provides the starting point for in-depth studies on the theme of traditional nutrition, with testimonies in dialect and interactive reproductions.
Inside the museum there is a special space: theAtelier du Goût, a showcase on the products of the Espace Grand Paradis, an area located at the foot of the Gran Paradiso. In particular, the techniques and the cultural context in which the products of the Valle d’Aosta tradition are born are brought to the fore.
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