Sto imparando Italiano.
In Italy, on the south side of the Mont Blanc tunnel, Vallèe d’Aoste (French) — or Valle d’Aosta (Italian) — is the smallest and least populated (official) region in Italy. Historically part of the Kingdom of Savoie, both French and Italian are official languages and many of the place names are distinctively French sounding.
It is also completely mountainous.
In the local tourist office one can get a fabulous collection of cycling route cards (photo above), with info of rides of all levels of difficulty.
I have only cycled twice in the region, climbing the truly magnificent Colle del Gran San Bernando (Col du Grand St. Bernard), and the Colle Piccolo San Bernardo (Col du Petit St. Bernard) via Colle San Carlo.
Here is a map with many of the climbs listed on the route cards. I hope to add more red pins (roads I have cycled) in 2014.
If you have any favourite rides in the area, please let me know.