Aosta is a city of modest size in the equally small Aosta Valley. A historical place characterized by the presence of the Romans but also picturesque thanks to the splendid setting of the Alps. An ancient city that can only leave you speechless between splendid landscapes and the historical scenery among its monuments. Find out more about Aosta: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening.
- 10 things to see in Aosta in a weekend
- What to see in Aosta in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Aosta: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Aosta
- Plan your stay in Aosta: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Aosta in a weekend
1 - Roman Theater
The Roman Theater is one of the main attractions of Aosta as it is the oldest. It is in fact a construction of the year 25 BC, a Roman architectural masterpiece well preserved over time capable of hosting several thousand spectators. It is formed by a majestic 22-meter wall made up of arches and windows, a semicircular stalls intended for the reception of the public built on several levels and the foundations of what was once a scenic building decorated with columns, marble and statues.
- easy to reach on foot in a few minutes from any point in the historic center - Get directions
- every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00
- full € 7,00 - reduced from 6 to 18 years € 2,00
2 - Arch of Augustus
The Arch of Augustus is another of the ancient monuments of Aosta, built on the occasion of the victory of the Romans over the Salassi with the shape of a barrel vault. In the th century it was able to host the home of a noble family local because a small fortification had been built inside but was closed with slate blocks due to numerous infiltrations that were putting the entire structure at risk. Today, therefore, a monument that has completely changed from what it looked like hundreds of years ago is visible, especially after the last restoration in 1912.
- it is located at the gates of the historic center and can be reached in a few minutes on foot - Get directions
- always accessible
3 - Porta Pretoria
The Porta Pretoria of Aosta it is the real gateway to the historic center, that is the area enclosed between the city walls, known precisely as Mura di Aosta, which surrounded the city during the Roman era. This door it is also very old but is in an excellent state of conservation. Its construction features stone blocks fixed with crushed slate extracted from the bottom of the Dora Baltea river and is characterized by the series of arches on which the sentinel walkways are still visible. To complete the work, two defensive towers are located right on its sides.
- can be reached on foot in a few minutes from any point in the historic center - Get directions
- always accessible
4 - Forensic Cryptoporticus
The Forensic Cryptoporticus it is another of the Roman monuments of Aosta, the one that in ancient times surrounded the sacred area. It is a two-nave gallery but what its true function was is still not entirely clear even if it is assumed that it was used first as an ambulatory and then as a military depot. What is certain is that the whole structure it served to stabilize the unevenness of the ground of the entire area included within it where two temples had been built, one dedicated to Augustus and the other to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.
- it is located almost outside the historic center, but still reachable on foot in a few minutes - Get directions
- every day from 9: 00 to 19: 00
- full € 7,00 - reduced from 6 to 18 years € 2,00
5 - Regional Archaeological Museum
The Regional Archaeological Museum is an unmissable place in a historic city like Aosta, in fact, it stands right at the point where excavations have been conducted that have brought to light the finds from different eras. Inside, however, it also houses the objects found throughout the region, arranged in chronological order obviously starting from prehistoric times and divided by funeral ornaments, glass, terracotta pots, statuettes, coins and much more. Needless to say most of the exhibition mostly dates back to the Roman era to which a model of the ancient city was dedicated, rebuilt based on the remains still visible in Aosta.
- it can be reached in about 10 minutes on foot from the historic center - Get directions
- every day from 9: 00 to 19: 00
- full € 7,00 - reduced from 6 to 18 years € 2,00
6 - Aosta Cathedral
Aosta Cathedral is the main place of worship in the city, a Church with a very long history behind it which is demonstrated by the different architectural styles present inside and out acquired from the many interventions it has received over the years. The Cathedral is characterized by two lateral bell towers of over 60 meters, the external Renaissance facade with decorative religious icons, the interior with frescoes of the sixteenth century depicting three episodes from the life of the Virgin, the childhood of Jesus and a large central nave ending with a large wooden crucifix.
- it is located in a very central position in the historic area of Aosta, therefore within walking distance - Get directions
- always accessible
7 - Funerary Area Outside the Decumana Gate
The Funerary Area Outside the Decumana Gate it was a burial area of the Roman era brought to light just outside the walls of Aosta in the west end of the historic center, where the Porta Decumana is located, from which the necropolis takes its name. The peculiarity of this funerary area lies in the three mausoleums and in the Basilica that are inside it as well as the fact that it was used for both Christian and pagan burials. The use of the area has been dated to the first millennium, after which it was gradually abandoned.
- it is located just outside the historic center but still reachable on foot in a few minutes from the most central area - Get directions
- open only on the first Wednesday of the month from 14:00 to 18:00 and the other days by reservation only
8 - Roman Villa della Consolata
The Roman Villa della Consolata it is a historic building from the Roman era, today safeguarded as an archaeological site after its accidental discovery in 1971 during the excavations to build a palace. This villa had an urban and rural role at the same time, in fact it was used to preserve and conserve food while the land was cultivated around it. Shortly before being abandoned, however, it had become a summer residence in which many slaves were employed. Currently the villa is protected by an iron structure and it can be visited through a walkway that explains the rooms of the house by means of information panels passing between the kitchen, the bedroom, the dining room, the hot bathroom, the cold bathroom and the storerooms.
- It is located outside the historic center and can be reached in 20 minutes on foot or by bus 440 to the Via GS Bernardo stop from which you can proceed on foot - Get directions
- open only Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 to 12:30
9 - Museum of the Academy of Sant'Anselmo
The Museum of the Academy of Sant'Anselmo is a museum established in the homonymous academy, which was founded in 1855 to promote historical studies throughout the region. The museum indeed holds a precious collection of archaeological objects such as gold coins, Celtic bronze armillas, medieval statues, sixteenth-century paintings, sacred furnishings, Roman bronzes, glass, ceramics, weapons and armor, coming from all over the Aosta Valley.
- it is located in the historic center, reachable on foot in a few minutes - Get directions
- opens by appointment only
10 - Collegiate Church of Sant'Orso and the Museum of the Treasure
The Collegiate Church of Sant'Orso it is a complex of considerable historical and artistic interest, overlooking the square from which it takes its name dominating with its imposing Romanesque bell tower. Inside there are three naves consisting of huge pillars of late Gothic architecture and frescoes of the fifteenth century on the vaults, while on the altar the Ottonian frescoes dedicated to San Sebastiano capture the attention. The sacristy instead it houses the Museum of the Treasure which exhibits many artistic works made especially for the Collegiate.
- it is not in the historic center but immediately outside so it too can be reached on foot in a few minutes - Get directions
- the Collegiate is open every day, while the museum can only be visited from 15:00 pm to 17:00 pm and by requesting the sacristan
- free for the Collegiate - € 4,00 for the museum
11 - The Bard Fortress
Near Aosta, about 46 km away, stands the Forte di Bard, located at 384 m asl on a rocky promontory from which you can enjoy the view of the Dora Baltea river. Consisting of a series of stone buildings, the Forte di Bard was built around the th century with the aim of defending the borders of the Roman Empire. The possessions of the fort were followed first by the feudal lordship of the Bard and then passed into the hands of the Savoy who immediately placed their garrison. The ultimate peak of fame for the Fort it was reached in 1800 when the Austro-Piedmontese army managed to stop the advance of Napoleon Bonaparte with a siege that lasted several weeks which resulted in its ruin. After a period of total abandonment, the fort was completely resumed, opening its doors to the public under a new guise in 2006. To date, the Fort offers its visitors, in addition to a noteworthy panoramic view of the complex, also the possibility to visit various exhibitions and exhibitions of ancient, modern and contemporary art with its itineraries such as: The museum of the Alps, the children's Alps and the prisons.
- by car on the A5 motorway which will take you to your destination in about 40 minutes (40 km). Also reachable thanks to the Trenitalia regional trains that from Aosta lead to Hone Bard, about 15 minutes walk from your destination - Get directions
- Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 19:00
- full € 8,00 - reduced € 6,00 - students aged 6 to 18 € 4,00. The prices of the routes are excluded, for more info visit the official website
What to see in Aosta in one day: recommended itinerary
Visiting Aosta in just one day is possible and it will also be comfortable consider its attractions which are concentrated mostly in the historic center, some of which take little time to complete the visit. However, you will have to give up on the Roman Villa della Consolata as it is the farthest from the center, the Sant'Anselmo Academy Museum which opens by appointment only and the Fuori Porta Decumana Funerary Area which opens only on Wednesdays. Here is the itinerary we recommend you follow:
- Morning: you enter the historic center stopping for breakfast at the Saint-Vout Café and then go to the nearby Arco d'Augusto and later to the Collegiate Church of Sant'Orso hoping to be able to visit its Treasure Museum in the presence of the sacristan. Then we head inside the Walls of Aosta crossing the Porta Pretoria, beautiful to observe and photograph, then continuing with the visit of the Roman Theater. Finally at lunchtime we recommend a nice typical place at the Caveau Restaurant, where you can take it easy.
- Afternoon: after lunch, go to admire inside and outside the Cathedral of Aosta, immediately after it is the turn of the Forensic Cryptoporticus and finally of the Regional Archaeological Museum, both of which will keep you for a while until it is time for dinner. At this point you are near the Vecchio Ristoro Restaurant where you can savor an excellent culinary proposal.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Arco d'Augusto - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Collegiate Church of Sant'Orso and Museum of the Treasure - opening hours: Church always open - Museum from 15:00 pm to 17:00 pm - ticket price: Church free - Museum € 4,00
- Porta Pretoria - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Roman Theater - opening hours: every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 - ticket price: full € 7,00 reduced € 2,00
- Lunch at Caveau Restaurant - Get directions
- Aosta Cathedral - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Cryptoporticus Forensic - opening hours: every day from 9:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: full € 7,00 reduced € 2,00
- Regional Archaeological Museum - opening hours: every day from 9:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: full € 7,00 reduced € 2,00
Where to eat in Aosta: the best restaurants
- Caveau Restaurant rustic setting and menu full of typical Italian and Aosta Valley dishes prepared with local products and attention to detail
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: Rue Xavier de Maistre, 12 Get directions / tel: (+39) 0165261771
- Old Refreshment Restaurant gourmet cuisine of both meat and fish based mainly on typical Aosta Valley dishes revisited in a modern key and availability of fixed menus or tasting menus
Average price per person: € 40,00
Address and contacts: Via Tourneuve, 4 Get directions / tel: (+39) 016533238
- Pam Pam Trattoria degli Artisti traditional environment and typical local dishes prepared with fresh ingredients that follow the season
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: Via Maillet, 5/7 Get directions / tel: (+39) 016540960
- Urbana Inn: selected raw materials, organic or Km. 0 that become a street-food course
Average price per person: € 15,00
Address and contacts: Via Croix de Ville, 25 Get directions / tel: (+39) 0165230738
- Flavors of Home: mainly home-made cuisine with seasonal ingredients
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: Via Vaudan Marchè, 15 Get directions / tel: (+39) 3317041447
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Aosta
Aosta offers a good choice of nightclubs in which to spend your evenings. The nightlife is divided between the main nightclub located on the outskirts and other places in the historic center such as pubs and cocktail bars where you can spend quieter hours listening to music and sipping a good drink.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Old Distillery Pub: English pub serving excellent food, beers, cocktails and a wide choice of spirits accompanied by evenings with DJ sets or live bands of various kinds / Address: Via Pres Fossees, 7 Get directions / Facebook page
- Momà Discoclub: main nightclub in the area that organizes themed events with both house and Latin music inviting DJs and important guests / Address: Les Iles, 7 Get directions
- Rolling Stone 72: pub and cocktail bar with a simple menu, excellent drinks and thematic evenings focused on a type of liqueur and accompanied by music / Address: Via Vaudan Marchè, 7 Get directions / Facebook page
- GeKoo: wide choice of beers including craft beers, cocktails, snacks and live music / Address: Piazza Emile Chanoux, 28 Get directions / Facebook page
- Beautiful Pub: craft beers and 3 quality taps, Rugby football and live music / Address: Via Croix de Ville, 65 Get directions / Facebook page
Plan your stay in Aosta: info and useful tips
- the best way to reach Aosta is by car or train as the city is located along the state road 26 which crosses the entire region and close to the A5 motorway which connects it to Turin, the main city to be taken as a reference. In fact, from Turin there are several daily train connections to Aosta, in fact even the most convenient airport is that of Turin since it has a direct service to the railway station from which you then continue by train to your destination.
- Getting around: to visit Aosta it is sufficient to walk around its small historic center which, among other things, starts right in front of the station, so once you get off the train you will already be in the center
- Where to park: the historic center of Aosta is surrounded by car parks among which the most convenient are the Carrel Underground Parking (Get directions) for a fee but with cheap prices, the Arco d'Augusto parking area (Get directions) with blue stripes for a fee or with parking disc, the Lereve car park (Get directions) and the Piazza della Repubblica car park (Get directions) always for a fee but also these with moderate prices
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Val d'Aosta boasts many castles and not far from the city are the Royal Castle of Sarre and the Castle of Fénis located respectively at 9 and 20 minutes by car. Another interesting place is the Natural Reserve of Gargantua, 10 minutes away
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