The ideal region for outdoorsy types, Valle d’Aosta is a patchwork of activity. Rock-climb, mountain bike, kayak and ski through the region’s dramatic array of mountain peaks, pine forests and scenic trails. The secluded nature of the area makes it prime real estate for hiking. Follow meandering footpaths through the valley for dazzling panoramic views before taking refuge in a mountain chalet for the night. 2,000-year-old ruins and pleasant boutiques make for a unique afternoon in Aosta, the main hub for exploring Italy’s Alps, including the glaciers of Mont Blanc. Warm your belly with fonduta, a rich local specialty of fontina fondue served with toast. Still haven’t had enough mountain-gazing? The Matterhorn, Switzerland’s most famous mountain, is an impending presence over the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia, a short daytrip from Aosta. Believe us when we say Disneyland does little justice to the real thing.