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A shot of Mont Blanc from a village in the Valle d'Aosta.

From Wikipedia;

The Valle d'Aosta is a mountainous region in north-western Italy. It is bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north and the region of Piedmont to the south. The region has a special autonomous status and forms one of the Provinces of Italy. The regional capital is Aosta/Aoste.

The Aosta Valley is the smallest region in Italy and has the lowest population density.

The region covers 3,263 km and has a population of about 120,000, some of it Francophone, concentrated in the valley bottomlands. French is used for the regional government's acts and laws, though the language actually spoken by the largest part of the population is Arpitan (Franco-Proven蓷l). This language was once widely spoken in Savoy, Bresse, Lyon area, and the Jura regions of France, and the Suisse-Romande region of Switzerland. Today, the Valle d'Aosta region has the most speakers of any Franco-Proven蓷l language. The regional dialect is called Vald矌ain (Valdoten) or patois. The residents of the small town of Gressoney speak a dialect of German.

The Aosta Valley is an Alpine valley that with its side valleys includes the Italian slopes of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn; its highest peak is the Gran Paradiso, protected in Gran Paradiso National Park, established in 1922. It is a major centre for winter sports, most famously at Courmayeur.

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