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Aosta Valley is a region in the upper northwest of Italy with about 128,000 inhabitants.
Aosta Valley is about 3,262 square kilometres big and borders France to the west, Switzerland to the north and the Italian region Piedmont to the south and east. It's a region with high mountains, part of the Alps.
There are no real cities to speak of, just towns of which Aosta is the main one and the capital.
Because of its mountains, valleys and lakes with different altitudes, the region has one of the most diverse and harsh climates in Italy. Winters range from above zero in some lower parts to very cold high mountain conditions with temperatures below zero for months. Summers range from cool to mildly warm, but it rarely gets really hot.
The road through the Great St Bernard Pass (or the Great St Bernard Tunnel) leads to Martigny in Switzerland, and the one through the Little St Bernard Pass to Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Aosta is joined to Chamonix in France by the Mont Blanc Tunnel, a road tunnel on European route E25 running underneath the Alps.
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