They came, they saw, and they left behind some immense monuments, including a dramatic arch and theatre.
Named Augusta Praetoria by the Romans when they captured it from Celtic-Ligurians in 25 BC, Aosta is the Valle d’Aosta’s only city. Its refined streets, lined with elegant shops, reflect its status as the capital of Italy’s wealthiest region, where the majority of taxes stay in the region.
Ringed by mountains that stay snow-capped all year, Aosta has a couple of fascinating churches in addition to its Roman legacies. A cable car glides directly from Aosta up to the Pila ski domain. Good transport links make it a natural jumping-off point to the region’s valleys.
Aosta destination guides
Mont Blanc Explorer
The French call her 'La Dame Blanche'; to Italians, she’s 'Il Bianco'. And to all who set out to tame her, she is known simply as 'The Big One'. Towering above the already towering Alps, Mont Blanc commands respect.
Francigena Way: Saint Bernard Pass to Ivrea
The first stage of the Via Francigena from the Swiss border through the alpine landcapes of the Aosta Valley