Idea #105 – Visit the capital of the Valle d’Aosta
The Roman city is founded in 25 BC by Auguste on a territory belonging to the peoples of the Salasses, to calm the region and control the strategic passages. The city is baptized Augusta Praetoria Salassorum. The current plan of the city preserved the hippodamien plan (in checkerboard) typical of the Roman military colonies. It was surrounded with a surrounding wall rectangle which was in total 727,50 meters on 574 meters, largely preserved. On the oriental side is the praetorian Gate, still in rise. Towers in two floors had been set up in regular intervals along the surrounding wall ; originally they were doubtless among twenty. A part of them remain, very often reshaped and reorganized in the Middle Ages : the tower of Baillage, the tower Cheese, the tower of the Leper, the tower Bramafan, the tower of Pailleron, the châtelet of Tourneuve are of beautiful examples. Other vestiges of the roman time are visible as the theater, the triumphal arch or the site of the amphitheater. It is very pleasant to stroll in the streets of this city, which kept a lot of charm and interesting archaeological remains; and between two Italian ice creams, do not hesitate to visit one of the multiple museums of the city, of which that of archaeology.
Where is it ?
Aosta, Valle d’Aoste, Italy.