MAR....Museo Archeologico Regionale di Aosta.....
I had to take a little time because I was here....although it was really too nice of a day to spend indoors...but I wanted to take a peek...
The collection is small but very well presented...chronologically ..artifacts going back as far as the early stages of the Mesolithic period... 7000-6000 BC.The predominant portion of the collection dates to the Roman era and includes a section on Roman funeral epigraphs and profiles of the deceased...
Admission was free however there is another section of the museum that I did not go into....and this section is paid access only...the cost was only a few Euros...It was too nice a day to be indoors...
All in all though if I had more time here I would certainly have taken more time to investigate....it was worth my time!
The Piazza Chanoux is the main square in Aosta....its a beautiful spot to walk the cobbled stones and or just sit and watch people come and go...
The square was once called Piazza Carlo Albertobut until after the Second World War when it was renamed after a resistance fighter named Emile Chanoux who was murdered by the Nazi in 1944...
The site was occupied as early as 1352 when a monastery was built here...The monastery remained until 1835 when the monastery was demolished to make room for the Town Hall which is designed in the Neoclassical style...On the roof of the Town Hall is a clock on the west side and a sundial on the east.
In 1924 a Memorial was built to honor the soldiers of the First World War..it was modifed to honor the Second World War...interestingly...the dates on the Memorial are only two...the ending dates of both wars....1918 and 1945..
Roman structures you can visit include the amphitheater; a well-preserved theater that is considered a masterpiece of late Roman provincial architecture; most of the original city wall plus the four towers that stood at its corners, a double-arched courtyard called the Praetorian Gate, and the remains of a cemetery, baths, apartments and more.
The center piece of the ruins is likely the Augustus Arch...dedicated to the Emperor Augustus. It is a sign of the presence and power of Rome which, in 25 B.C., defeated the Salassi to establish a new colony. The Arch was probably constructed in the same year as the foundation of the city.
Its a treat to see such well preserved relics of the ancient Romans...Take a look....
This is the main reason that my friend wanted to go to Aosta....to visit the market....
If you're looking for clothing,footwear,tools,foods such as meats and cheeses chances are you'll find it here...
More than anything its a great opportunity to simply "people watch"....and trust me...you'll have plenty of sights to watch...entertaining for sure..
We arrived on scene about 9am and the whole affair was quite civilized...as the morning wore on it became quite busy and at times hard to get through the crowds...this picture was taken early after our arrival and it doesn't do justice to the crowds that I talk about...Trust me though...it was busy!
Ok this castle is not in Aosta but it's very close and morover the village where it's located is not available in Virtual Tourist, and so... here it is!
It's a very beautiful Caslte like the ones you imagine when you listen to a fairy tale, you almost expect to meet dragons, princes and knights ;)
You can visit it with a guide (it costs only 5 euros) but unfortunately it takes only 30 minutes. I'm sure you would like to stay in the castle a little more, but it's not possible. The guide doesn't have enough time to tell you everything and so you'd be better to read something about the castle before you go in.
La Porta Praetoria was formerly the Eastern entrance into the city. It is another sight in the excellent state of preservation, except for the marble decorations (they used to cover the whole of the gates) which have not been concerved. The Porta Praetoria, incidentally, dates back to the year 25 AC (approximately) - same as Arch of Augustus.
The Porta Praetoria is situated between Via Sant'Anselmo e Via Porte Pretoriane.
Founded in the year 25 AC, the arch rommemorates the victory of the Roman troops over the local tribes. Not much decoration, but it is remarkably well-preserved.
You can find it in the Eastern part of the city, next to the course of the Buthier torrent.
.....well left us a tourist industry for a start.
Aosta was founded in 25BC and the still stongly bears the imprint of the Romans.
There are a number of sites, and indeed sights to see around town. The most obvious is perhaps the Augustian arch constructed in the same year as the town was begun. The main Roman road to Gaul via the alps ran straight through it.
The Theatre, although not as impressive as some is still worth a look, as are the city gates at various locations and the city walls which still define the town centre.
The useful information boards situated at various points in the town give a good deal more detail. The Tourist information office in the Hotel de Ville are also very pleased to hand out wads of detailed material to you to help in your explorations.
The mayor's office, some churches and the oldest buildings in Aosta are all in the city center, which is bordered by the Roman ruins of the Coloseum and the pratorian gateway.
This section of town has a number of good restaurants and has beautiful architecture to look at, as well as interesting alleyways and hidden corners to find ancient buildings, doorways etc..
From the pratorian gate, there are signs that lead you to this excavation sight of a Roman coleseum. In the old days, several homes were built into the walls of this ancient structure. Later, these were demolished and the structure was shored up and preserved as more of a museum. There is a nice walk through the area, though at the moment (2003) scaffolding covers some of it as they are repairing parts of the structure so that it does not fall.
This gate in the old section of town was built in Roman times. It is a beautiful piece of architecture, and the section of town it is in is well worth visiting.