Part of the Roman theatre's 22m-high facade is still intact. In summer, performances are held in the better-preserved lower section.
Lonely Planet's must-see attractions
Aiguille du Midi
The great rocky fang of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), rising from the Mont Blanc massif, is one of Chamonix’ most distinctive features. The 360-degree…
Mer de Glace
France’s largest glacier, the 200m-deep 'Sea of Ice', flows 7km down the northern side of Mont Blanc, scarred with crevasses formed by the immense…
Forte di Bard
A fort has existed here for millennia and the current 1830s Savoy edifice is an imposing one, set high up upon a rocky escarpment at the jaws of the Valle…
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
This renowned gallery harbours a stunning art collection with works by Picasso, Cézanne and Van Gogh. The sculpture garden (with cafe and picnic area)…
Mont Fort Sunrise
Nothing stirs the soul quite like seeing the sun rise from the top of Mont Fort, at a panoramic 3329m. The Médran cable car offers departures on Thursdays…
This glacier, although only about 5km in length, is extremely impressive, about 12km south of Grimentz. PostBuses make the journey to the road-end, where…
Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard
A tribute to the lovably dopey St Bernard, this museum next to Martigny's Roman amphitheatre includes real-life fluff bundles in the kennels. You can join…
Nearby Aosta attractions
1. 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…
2. Torre dei Balivi
This former 12th-century prison once formed a significant corner of Aosta's Roman wall.
3. Porta Praetoria
Aosta's main Roman gate.
4. 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…
5. Chiesa di Sant'Orso
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…
6. Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta
The neoclassical facade of Aosta's cathedral belies the impressive Gothic interior. Inside, the carved 15th-century walnut-wood choir stalls are…
7. Criptoportico Forense
What remains of the city's Augustan forum mostly lies beneath the 'modern' piazza, although you can visit its colonnaded underground walkway (known as a…
8. Arco di Augusto
This squat and rather austere triumphal arch was built in 25BC.