Spring is the season of strong contrasts, with the peaks that remain white while nature begins to stir in the valley; and it’s also the best time of year to venture into the Gran Paradiso National Park, to places such as Val di Rhêmes or Valsavarenche, where you can hope to enjoy a pleasant encounter with the local wildlife and watch chamois and ibex taking advantage of the melting snow to graze on some green grass. In addition to the splendid nature, spring in Aosta offers a wide range of cultural opportunities. It is during this season that the Saison culturelle - which began in autumn and continued through the winter – really comes into its own, with a rich programme of proposals and initiatives. The Saison offers a wealth of conferences, theatre shows and films to accompany tourists and residents from October to May, thanks to the presence of both Italian and international stars.
The first warm days of the year can also be used to visit one or more of the many castles in the Aosta Valley. There are 72 castles in the region, many of which are fully or partly open to the public and can be visited freely. From the famous Castle of Fénis, with its crenellated walls, to Sarre Castle, surrounded by vineyards, and the fairy-tale Aymavilles Castle, just to mention a few: a visit to our castles of our region is certainly an activity to make a note of in your diary.