La Regione:  Valle D’Aosta


    La Vale d’Aosta is a mountainous region located in the northwest corner of Italy, on the borders of France and Switzerland. It is the smallest and least populated region of Italy, with an economy based primarily on winter tourism and on the beauty of its natural parks. Historically and culturally, the region reflects its proximity to France, and many people who live there still speak a dialect of French origin. The capital is Aosta, founded by the Romans as a strategic gateway to northwestern Europe.


    La Regione: Trentino-Alto Adige


    Il Trentino-Alto Adige is also a small, mountainous region. It is located in the northwestern Italy on the border with Austria and its landscape and architecture are central Eurpoean in appearance , as in the town of Vipiteno above. In the north, l’Alto Adige, people are bilingual, speaking German and Italian. Trento, the regional capital, located in the south, has a more Italian look and feel.


    Giovani Segantini was a prominent painter (un pittore), born in the Trentino region in 1858. After a difficult childhood, he moved to Milano where he attended l’Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera. The Alpine scenery of his youth greatly influenced his art, and many of his paintings, such as Mezzogiorno Sulle Alpi, convey his love of nature. While Segantini’s earliest work is realistic in style, in his mature paintings he turned to symbolism as a means of expression.