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At the foot of Il Bianco

Rachael Martin spends a weekend exploring the alpine splendour of Courmayeur and its environs in the mountainous region of Valle d’Aosta
Image courtesy of Auberge de la Maison

Auberge de la Maison; polenta valdostana with Fontina cheese; Jacqueline with her beloved Bianco in the garden of Auberge de la Maison; Mont Blanc and the Brenva glacier; Courmayeurentze soup; Fontina cheeses at Azienda Agricola Quinson

What Cortina is to the Dolomites, Courmayeur is to Valle d’Aosta. It’s desirable, often exclusive, with fantastic skiing opportunities right next to the Mont Blanc massif, or Monte Bianco as it’s known in Italian. This spectacular mountain range that straddles three countries – Italy, France and Switzerland – offers jaw-dropping views and the Monte Bianco Skyway that takes you up to 3,500 metres. And there you are, right in front of the summit of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe.

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Our new issue will take you from the chilly alpine splendour of Courmayeur in Valle d’Aosta right down to Sicily – visit the majestic Valley of the Temples near Agrigento or stay nearby at the Verdura Resort. A recent fl ying visit to Florence inspired our ‘48 Hours’ feature this month; from new discoveries at the Duomo to a new way of getting around (by tuk-tuk), this venerable city is always a pleasure to visit. And, turning to another alternative mode of transport, we take a tour around Lake Garda by e-bike.