Mini guide to Valle d’Aosta, Italy
On the hillside of La Salle, just east of Courmayeur, the Mont Blanc Hotel Village has beautifully styled rooms, many with balconies and views across the valley. A series of cavelike nooks conceals spa treatment rooms and saunas (00 39 0165 864111; hotelmontblanc.it; La Croisette 36, La Salle; from £170).
When to go
The best time to hike is between July and the first week of September, when the snow has melted and the buses run frequently. April to June are less busy, but there is the risk of avalanche above 1,000 metres. For skiing, prime season is February and March.
Aosta is on the A5, which connects Turin with the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Trains run from all over Italy, via Turin, and Savda operates buses throughout the region (savda.it). Cars can be hired from Europcar at Aosta train station (£25 per day; europcar.it).
How to go
Turin airport is 70 miles from Aosta. Alitalia and Ryanair fly from Stansted (from £60) and Manchester (from £170; alitalia.com, ryanair.com). Hire a car at the airport (from £25 per day; europcar.com), or take a train from Turin to Aosta (£7; trenitalia.com).