Cryptoporticus an architectural wonder
On this tour I will accompany you to discover two of the most important artistic and architectural testimonies of the city.
Our first stop will be at the Forensic Cryptoporticus, one of the best preserved Roman constructions in Aosta and one of the oldest architectural works visible in the city, dating back to the foundation of the city in 25 BC. Together we will have a look at its structure, which is very unusual with its peculiar horseshoe shape, with a double gallery and barrel vaults, supported by pillars and arches in local limestone. The covered portico delimited the sacred area of the forum, creating a scenic backdrop inside which stood two twin temples.
During our visit we will observe its details and reveal its secrets, it will be a very interesting tour!
We will then continue our journey through time by visiting the Cathedral of Aosta, dedicated to Saint Mary of the Assumption and Saint John the Baptist: one of the most ancient Christian buildings in the region, it has undergone many reconstructions and restorations over the years, without losing any of its charm. As I will show you, the interior of the cathedral is full of surprises: the remains of a Roman domus, three baptismal fonts, magnificent Ottonian frescoes, Romanesque mosaics, a magnificent wooden choir from the 15th century and interesting side chapels.
I am waiting for you to discover together the secrets of Aosta!
The combined ticket includes entrance to the Theatre, the Cryptoporticus, the MAR, the Megalithic Area and the Early Christian Basilica of San Lorenzo. Full - €10.00, Reduced - €8.00 (for those accompanied by an Aosta Valley Tourist Guide), Reduced - €3.00 for 19-25 years old.
Free - from 0 to 18 years old, for holders of the Abbonamento Musei Piemonte e Lombardia (Piedmont and Lombardy Museums Pass), for people with a 104/92 certificate and their carers, for teachers at a ratio of 1:10.
The Roman Theater is closed.
Dates and times
Winter opening hours, daily 10-13, 14-17
Summer opening hours, daily 9am - 7pm
The Cryptoporticus is not accessible to wheelchair users.