Alt. 590 mts.
above sea level (a.s.l.)
airport is: Torino/Caselle 105 Km from the city.
Km from: Roma 750 - Chambery (France) 200 - Milano 185 - Geneve
(Switzerland) 143 - Novara 140 - Torino 110 - Breuil/Cervina 53 -
so-called “Rome of the Alps”, is the Valle d’Aosta’s capital and only
As usual in
these northern border regions, there’s markedly “un-Italian” feel to the
place, which has more of a Swiss aura of orderliness and reserve.
some fine Roman remains: the Triumphal Arch of Augustus, the Pretorian
Gate, the theatre and the amphitheatre.
Not to be
missed are the mediaeval Collegiate Church of S. Orso, the Renaissance
Cathedral, the Cloisters of S. Orso (Priorato), and the Leper’s Tower
(Torre del Lebbroso) standing on the Dora.
It is a
short, exhilarating ride by cablecar from Aosta to the mountain resort
of Courmayeur, gliding silently over the Mount Blanc glacier from where
we have a bird’s-eye view over the Alps.
Not far from
Aosta there are other fine resorts worth visiting like Issogne, the most
beautiful castle in Aosta Valley, with an elegant courtyard surrounded
by loggias, 15th century frescoes and fine period furniture. Further up
is the renowned resort of Saint Vincent and the 15th century Fenis
Castle, undoubtedly the region’s most spectacular fortified stately
The “Fiera di
Sant’Orso”, the annual wood fair held around Porta Praetoria every 30
and 31 January, honours the town’s patron saint. Craftspeople from all
over the valley gather to display their carvings.