Christmas Market Aosta Valley

Christmas Market

Marché Vert Noël - Christmas Market 2022 is back

Finally, this year too, we have arrived at the most magical time of the year, and what could be better than spending Christmas in the Alps, visiting beautiful markets and sipping mulled wine?
Hard to find an answer, meanwhile, as usual, all the most beautiful villages in the region and the city of Aosta will dress up to host the Christmas Markets.
Local exhibitors will arrive, with their chalets, to animate the region with typical products, handicrafts and food and wine, in a very evocative setting.
The splendid Valdostan mountains will be the setting, impossible not to feel a bit like Lapland!
The initiative will involve most municipalities, in addition to Aosta, such as Courmayeur, Gressoney, Bard and Chatillon, from 19 November until Sunday 8 January, without interruption.
If you haven't organised it yet, it is definitely an opportunity not to be missed to spend a weekend of magic in this wonderful Christmas atmosphere, amidst breathtaking views, winter sports and culture.
Also recommended for a romantic weekend to visit the markets among the villages and taste the local cuisine, a surprise that is sure to be enjoyed! ☺

The best things to do in Aosta Valley

Lo Pan Ner - the breads of the Alps

It will be a joyous weekend on 15 and 16 October throughout Valle D'Aosta!

In fact, as is tradition, 46 municipalities in the region will light up their ovens for the traditional Le Pan Ner festival.

The event was created to pay homage to the history of Valle D'Aosta through one of its culinary symbols: the black bread or pan ner.

Composed mostly of rye flour, to which it owes its characteristic dark colouring, black bread was the staple food of the local populations. It was baked in the ovens in autumn, at the end of work in the fields, and was produced in large quantities: thanks to its organoleptic characteristics and its strong durability, the bread was then consumed throughout the year.

Only the richest families could afford to bake bread on several occasions during the year, for the majority of the population, on the other hand, the lighting of the oven took place only once, at the end of the harvest, and was a real celebration.

It is in this spirit that in many municipalities, the ovens will once again be in operation and bring the entire local population together, just as they did in the past. The occasion will be enhanced by various activities for young and old that will take place in all the municipalities involved.
Needless to say, we will see you in front of the oven with a nice slice of bread! 😉

The honey of the Valle d’Aosta

The Chatillon Honey Festival

The last weekend in October in Chiatillon is filled with sweetness!

The beautiful Valdostan village will once again be the setting for the traditional Honey Festival, to be held from 28 to 30 October, a unique opportunity to savour this delicious local product.

Needless to say, the Valle D'Aosta, thanks to its inestimable natural wealth and its great variety of plant species, is a particularly fortunate territory for honey production, capable of yielding, every year, many types of local honey, including dandelion, chestnut and rhododendron, with the most diverse characteristics.

As with most local products, Valdostan honey is a true gift from nature; in its traditional preparation, in fact, it undergoes almost no treatment that could in any way alter its organoleptic properties.

To thank nature for its fruits and to promote the intense activity of local production, therefore, the municipality of Chatillon, on the last weekend of October, will be animated by exhibitors from all over the region who will bring with their stands the sweetness of their honey and its by-products, but also themed objects, initiatives and moments of entertainment... a real celebration to pay homage, once again, to this splendid land!

An event also recommended for thinking about the first Christmas presents, not to be missed! The last weekend of October in Chiatillon is filled with sweetness!

The beautiful Valdostan village will once again be the setting for the traditional Honey Festival, to be held from 28 to 30 October, a unique opportunity to savour this delicious local product.

Needless to say, the Valle D'Aosta, thanks to its inestimable natural wealth and its great variety of plant species, is a particularly fortunate territory for honey production, capable of yielding, every year, many types of local honey, including dandelion, chestnut and rhododendron, with the most diverse characteristics.

As with most local products, Valdostan honey is a true gift from nature; in its traditional preparation, in fact, it undergoes almost no treatment that could in any way alter its organoleptic properties.

To thank nature for its fruits and to promote the intense activity of local production, therefore, the municipality of Chatillon, on the last weekend of October, will be animated by exhibitors from all over the region who will bring with their stands the sweetness of their honey and its by-products, but also themed objects, initiatives and moments of entertainment... a real celebration to pay homage, once again, to this splendid land!

An event also recommended for thinking about the first Christmas presents, not to be missed! ☺

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San Martino

St Martin, the feast of the patron saint returns

The celebrations in honor of the patron saint Martin of Tours will come to an end on Friday, 11 November.

After the forced stop of the covid period, in fact, the city of Aosta, the district of San Martin de Corléans, and other localities in the region will once again come alive with markets, stalls, shows, exhibitions, chestnut fairs and moments of entertainment to celebrate the figure of the patron saint.

The figure of Martin of Tours is very important for the Valle d'Aosta and several testimonies throughout the region are dedicated to him, including the famous Pont -Saint-Martin.

A historical figure, as well as a religious one, Martin was born in 316 A.D. in Hungary. His father was a Roman general, who in turn initiated him into a military career.

He was part of the legions during the empires of Constantius and Julian, but his greatest vocation was to help his neighbour and it was in order to be able to dedicate his life to helping the weakest that he asked for exemption from arms and, after becoming one of the founders of monasticism in the West, he was appointed Bishop of Tours in 371, the city where he founded his monastery.

St Martin is patron saint in many municipalities in Italy, in the Aosta Valley region the municipalities dedicated to him are: Arnad, Ayas, Pontey, Torgnon and Verrayes.

Homage to the figure of Martin can be found all over Italy and Europe, but it is in the mountain regions where this cult is most strongly felt. His celebration, in fact, coincides with the end of the harvest and anticipates winter, which is now just around the corner; in these areas, the feast of the patron saint has often been a festive occasion before the arrival of the harsh winter temperatures.