Giardino Alpino Paradisia

Valle d'Aosta

The park's amazing biodiversity, including butterflies and Alpine flora, can be seen in summer at this fascinating Alpine botanical garden in the tiny hamlet of Valnontey (1700m), 3km south of Cogne. Guided nature walks are available from July to September.

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2. Torre dei Fromage

10.57 MILES

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…

3. Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta

10.59 MILES

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

4. Criptoportico Forense

10.6 MILES

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…

5. Teatro Romano

10.62 MILES

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

6. Museo Archeologico Regionale

10.62 MILES

Aosta’s little city museum does an excellent job of detailing the city’s Roman history with a scale model of Aosta’s Roman layout plus various…

7. Arco di Augusto

10.64 MILES

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

8. Basilica Paleocristiana di San Lorenzo

10.64 MILES

Beneath the old parish church of the village, you can glimpse the dusty layers of early Christian history. Excavations have revealed a small cruciform…