Aosta Travel Guide

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Aosta Things to Do

  • Ponte Romano (The Roman Bridge)

    There are many monuments built by the Romans 2000 years ago, being one of them the famous bridge, that served the pilgrims of the Via Francigena to continue their pilgrimage to Rome.I found it thanks to a lady who helped me. It is not far from the railway station.It is worth a short visit. There are explanations about its construction.

  • Saint Orso Collegiate Church

    Not far from the Roman Theatre, we can find this church, the most easy to see is the tower.The archeological dig carried out in several batches between 1976 and 1999, allowed for the building’s constructive stages to be rediscovered. The digs involved an area which used to be part of a large extra-urban necropolis, where, at the beginning of the...

  • Bramafam Tower

    The old city of Aosta/ the center city was surrounded by ramparts, and east corner have a tower and some importand buildings, and one of them that we saw is Bramafam Tower. Located on the south from Town Hall. Not too much can be seen, mostly is ruin tower and the ramparts among the houses.

  • Explore Old City Center - Roman Theatre

    The southern facade is still visible today, measure 22 meters high, with 3 rows of overlooking windows in various shapes and sizes, the lower part of the semi-circular tiered area that hosted the guests (the 'cavea') and the foundation of the wall that acted as the backdrop (scaena). Some historians maintain the theatre was indoor. Built in the 1...

  • Roman Forum and Cryptoporticus

    This was the public religious and commercial centre of the city. From the garden in Piazza Giovanni XXIII in front of the cathedral you can see access the Cryptoporticus. It is an underground building developed in a house-shoe shape. It was built with a double corridor with beamed vaults supported by travertine pillars.

  • Cathedral di Santa Maria Assunta

    When we came from behind the church, the look not so impressive, and when from in front, the look more like Roman temple, but we we were fascinated by the entrance door. There are paintings on the ceiling above the door, and the door itself is very intricate, with colorful statues over it.The church origins date back to the 4th century. In the 11th...

  • Explore Old City -Town Hall and Hotel...

    The neo-classical arcadeed Town Hall building dates back to 1839? The Town Hall is connected to the west to the Hotel des Etats, a building dating back to 1730 where General Assembly of the states, the 'Conseil des Commis' and the representation of the Dukedom of Aosta were held. The Town Hall and the square, named after the resistance martyr...

  • Explore Old City -Tower of the signori...

    The Rectangular tower was transformed in the middle ages into a dwelling place of the noble family known as 4Delta Porta Sant Orso'.

  • Explore Old City Center - Praetorian...

    This was the main acces to the city of Augusta Praetoria. It had two parallel rows of arches which were 12 meters apart. Each had 3 archways: the two sides for pedestrians while the larger central one for carriages. On the central wall can still be seen the grooves in which the gate said when it was closed at night. On the central wall several...

  • Explore Old City Center -

    To Explore the center city, the 1st thing we will meet is Roman Arch of Augustus, that standing on the road that lead to the monumental Porta Praetoria, the main access road to the Roman city, the honorary arch dedicated to the emperor Augustus was erected.It used to be an eloquent sign of the presence and power of Rome, which had definitively...

  • Explore the Museum of Archeology...

    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...

  • Relax and People Watch...

    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...


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Aosta Restaurants

  • Expresso and Pastries...

    It was a cool morning and we had been up and driving since about 545 am...this was the first place that we found to have a nice coffee and croissants...conveniently it was located on the walk to where the Market place happens.The main entrance fronts onto the Piazza Emile Chanoux...the main town square where the Town Hall is located...its a...

  • YUM....

    We found this little restaurant after looking at menus posted outside of many different restaurants...the deciding factor was that this was the closest when opening time came the menue looked good...Word of caution ...we were looking for somewhere to eat before Noon and it seemed that most restaurants did NOT open until Noon...This...

  • Simple restaurant on the road

    We were going to Aosta after our visit to Fenis castle. It offers local and quite cheap food, waiters and waitress are very kind. I ate "polenta concia" (I am not able to translate it!) and some cheese.We spent about 20 euro per person with coffee and liquor. polenta concia


Aosta Transportation

  • Coming by Car

    Turin connects directly with the A5 motorway and is only 55 km from Pont-Saint-Martin, the "Eastern" gate to the Valle and the first town you come to as you enter Valle d’Aosta; 98 km from the regional capital, Aosta (Aosta Est exit) and 136 from Courmayeur. Coming from Milan (164 Km), you take the A4 motorway and then at the Santhià motorway...

  • Coming by Train

    Coming to Valle d’Aosta by train is a splendid alternative to the traffic on the roads, the fog in the winter months and also pollution, if you like. Aosta railway station is situated close to the cable car station linking the city to the Pila skiing district. Aosta has train services to and from the Turin stations of Porta Nuova and Porta Susa,...

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Aosta Shopping

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  • Ski Sweaters!

    This was a small ski shop located in the Piazza E. Chanoux. In August the sweaters are on sale. Compared to what I find in the states, the quality, materials (wool), and price made this an excellent buy and souvenir. August 1999: $75 and up

  • Shoes!

    We walked into this huge square and saw a shoe store. My wife at the time (now single again) introduced me to shoes (she was the Emelda Marcos of Blotzheim). There are some beautful shoes and great values to be found. I bought myself a pair of dress shoes made in Italy as a souvenir. My shoes were approximately $40.

  • wood carvings and wrought iron

    Aosta and the surrounding countryside are famous for wood carvings and wrought iron. There's a permanent crafts exhibition in the arcades of Piazza E. Chanoux, in the heart of Aosta; it's a good place to pick up a bargain.


Aosta Local Customs

  • Bring an Italian phrase book if you...

    Aosta is a touristic area but probably not as popular as some other nearby places such as Courmayeur. So, here naturally you will find less people who know English or French, compared to for example Courmayeur (which is a ski resort town closer to Mt Blanc). Take an Italian phrase book with you. The main 2nd language spoken here is French, and then...

  • Cover charge at restaurants

    If you have never been to Italy before (not sure if this is just a northern Italian thing or if it happens all over but we have seen it in Milan and many other northern cities we have visited) - be aware that restaurants have a 'cover charge' for sitting at the table even if you order dinner (in the US cover charge is often done only if you do not...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Aosta Warnings and Dangers

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    Beware : english Schoolchildren

    by sourbugger Written Feb 25, 2004

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    Aosta is a place that is widely used by comapnies that specialise in ski trips for Schoolkids.

    During the half-term week in February 2004, one company I know of had over 850 'guests' in Aosta.

    I must admit that in the hotel I stayed in they were polite, well-behaved and mature - but I suspect this might not be the case every time.

    It may be worth checking with your intended hotel before you book to see if they have a large group of these things staying !

    Oh God, it's Kevin 'it's not fair' the teenager

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Aosta Off The Beaten Path

  • The castle of Aymavilles

    The Aymavilles castle, which was erected around the 12th century on a low hill descending towards the Dora River. It was rebuilt between the 14th and 15th centuries and equipped with 4 powerful cylindrical corner towers. In the early 1800’s, the old defensive structures were knocked down and the manor was transformed into an elegant residence, as...

  • Château de Fénis/ Fenis Castle

    This castle located out of the Aosta City, but still in the Aosta Valley, about 13 km from Aosta city.The ticket to enter in just 5 euros with a guide speak Italian, French and English.Unlike the other castles built for military and defence purposes Fénis castle is not situated on the top of a promontory, but rather on a small knoll. In contrast...

  • Sarre Castle

    The castle stands on a promontory in Lalex, which overlooks the Aosta flatland above the national road for Mont Blanc, immediately after the junction for Cogne.Built in 1710 on the ruins of a fortress mentioned as early as 1242, having passed through various hands, the property was purchased by the King of Italy Victor Emanuel II, who renovated it...


Aosta Sports & Outdoors

  • Direct to your door - a free Skibus

    Aosta has been operating a free Skibus on two routes around town during the winter season.The Skibus picks up between 8 and 8.30, and again a hour later, to deliver you to the Pila cablecar station.The Return journey begins at 4.00 PM or 4.30 PM, depending upon the route, and again an hour later.This means you can get rates at hotels like the...

  • No pile up at Pila

    The Skiing area of Pila has the great advantage of being directly connected to the town of Aosta.The 20-minute cablecar ride runs from a parking area on the far side of the railway station.Despite being what is termed a 'heavy' week, I didn't queue for more than about 3 minutes at any lift.I wouln't say there is a great amount of variety for the...

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  • Just in Case....WHERE IS AOSTA....

    If you've been reading this page or others regarding Aosta....I suppose that there's a chance that you're wondering WHERE is Aosta anyhow....."The Aosta Valley [ Valle d'Aosta] is a mountainous region in north-western Italy. It is bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north and the region of Piedmont to the south. The Aosta Valley is...

  • Who is this man ?

    I was surprised recently when visiting Aosta that it was the birthplace of a person I regularly lecture about.He was born in Aosta in 1033, and is probably the most famous person ever born there.He fled to France after an argument with his father, became a monk and ended up as the Archbishop of Canterbury. He wrote what he considered to be a...

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