Basilica Paleocristiana di San Lorenzo


Beneath the old parish church of the village, you can glimpse the dusty layers of early Christian history. Excavations have revealed a small cruciform basilica, built atop the burial sites of the first martyrs of Aosta, as well as tombs from three bishops who lived in the area, which date between the 5th and 8th centuries.

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1. Chiesa di Sant'Orso

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This intriguing church is part of a still-operating monastery. The church dates back to the 10th century but was altered on several occasions, notably in…

2. Torre dei Fromage


Next to the Porta Praetoria, this imposing tower is named not for the love of French cheese (fromage) but rather after the last descendent of the medieval…

4. Teatro Romano

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Part of the Roman theatre's 22m-high facade is still intact. In summer, performances are held in the better-preserved lower section.

5. Torre dei Balivi

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This former 12th-century prison once formed a significant corner of Aosta's Roman wall.

6. Arco di Augusto

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This squat and rather austere triumphal arch was built in 25BC.

7. Roman Bridge

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This arched, cobbled Roman bridge, also know as the Pont de Pierre, crossed the River Buthier in the first century AD, but today it's high and dry (though…

8. Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta

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The neoclassical facade of Aosta's cathedral belies the impressive Gothic interior. Inside, the carved 15th-century walnut-wood choir stalls are…