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The Ayas Valley should be mentioned for the handicraft production of sabots, wooden clogs used by farmers and today sought-after souvenirs; the production is"semi-industrial" as well as by hand (made by artisans called "sabotiers" followingtradition).
In the area you can admire several ancient devotional images painted on the walls and some sundials.
Gaby is a charming village evoked by the Italian poet Carducci a Franco-Provençal dialect is spoken. If you follow the winding and picturesque road, you will arrive at Gressoney Saint-Jean, at 1385m. An elegant summer and winter resort rich in culture and traditions; you can visit the Savoy Castle (summer residence of the queen Margherita now used for events, concerts and exhibitions).
At 1624m Gressoney La Trinité is a well-known alpine resort equipped and frequented for winter sports and climbs on the Monte Rosa massif. With the nearby valleys of Ayas and Alagna, the valley of Gressoney is one of the largest skiing areas in the Alps, the "Monterosaski".
In Gressoney you can taste the local butter and the toma cheese, used to flavour the
polenta.
In Gressoney valley several picturesque Walser typical houses are scattered, called "rascard" in all Aosta Valley, wooden hay lofts raised up on stone and wood pillars in the shape of mushrooms, to keep mice and damp at bay.

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