Aosta’s Roman heritage and traditions and the charming medieval village of Saint-Pierre

Friday, 26 November 2021 14:21

A visit to the beautiful historic heart of Aosta centres around the remains of Augusta Praetoria, the arch erected in 25BC by Caesar Augustus as a symbol of the power of Rome. The city’s imposing theatre and walls date back to the Augustan age, while the amphitheatre is Claudian and the cathedral is attributed to the Emperor Constantine. 

Aosta also boasts the medieval complex of Sant'Orso, originally built in  Romanesque style but modified later with Gothic additions like the evocative cloister which was built in 1132. A unique iconographic display adorns the many capitals including stories from the Old and New Testament, hagiographic themes and isolated images of men and animals.  In honour of Sant'Orso, the legendary name saint of the valley, every year on 30 and 31 January a thousand Aosta Valley artisans exhibit their works in an extraordinary event, its climax being the night Vigil.

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An example of environmental protection 

To admire an example of research and development of regional agriculture you can book a visit to the Institut Agricole Régional in Loc which is committed to the protection of the area and its environment, and a leader in this field due to their innovation and the quality of their work.

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Saint-Pierre a medieval village under the Gran Paradiso 

A short distance from Aosta, on the flat valley floor of the Dora Baltea river, which is a tributary of the Po, Saint-Pierre is a charming village overlooked by a medieval castle. History is, yet again, the main draw to this beautiful location which is surrounded by lush apple orchards and vineyards and dominated by the imposing Grivola, one of the magical peaks of the Gran Paradiso mountain range. History and culture are important elements to be discovered while holidaying here and can be enjoyed in the Natural Sciences Regional Museum inside the castle.

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