Little “Rome of the Alps”
Founded in 25 BC under the name Augusta Praetoria in honour of the Emperor Augustus, the city of Aosta preserves valuable archaeological remains from Roman times. The urban layout of the town itself is typical of a castrum.
Before entering the historical centre, the visitor is greeted by the Arch of Augustus. At the city’s entrance, the monumental Porta Praetoria impeccably resists the wear and tear of time. Once in the heart of the little “Rome of the Alps”, admire part of the city walls and defensive towers. Then, along what used to be the Road of Gaul, cross the Roman bridge over the Buthier stream.
Among the most impressive sights in Aosta Romana is the theatre, its cavea and majestic 22-metre-high façade remain. Finally, the Forum: of the formerly busiest area of the city, today only the forensic cryptoporticus can be visited, a sort of hidden portico that stood around the two temples of the sacred area and still retaining its charm.