Culture

Valle d'Aosta, a small region with a great wealth of art, history and museums

Castles

Numerous castles embellish the landscape of the Val d'Aosta, like diamonds they adorn vineyards and mountains. Among the tourist attractions not to be missed we must undoubtedly mention: the Castle of Aymavilles, the Castle of Saint Pierre, the Royal Castle of Sarre and the Church of Saint Léger. Scattered throughout Valle d'Aosta territory there are over one hundred suggestive castles, many of which are open to the public.

Among the most fascinating castles one cannot fail to mention the castle of Verrès, the castle of Fénis and the castle Sarriod de la Tour, the castle of Issogne, a fairy-tale sixteenth-century residence, and the residences loved by the royals, the Castel Savoia and the Sarre Castle.

Aosta, a small Rome

Aosta shows the signs of the glorious Roman past, when it was called Augusta Praetoria.

Among its most beautiful and best preserved monuments we recommend the Roman Theater, built at the time of Emperor Claudius. The Roman entrance system to the city of Aosta is also beautiful, the main one being the Porta Praetoria, located at the eastern entrance of the city, still in excellent condition.

One of the symbolic monuments of Aosta is the Arch of Augustus, built in 25 AD after the victory of the Romans over the Salassi, which presents in a single monument different architectural styles, from the Corinthian to the Doric.

But Aosta is not just archaeological ruins. The Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and the Bear is one of the most artistically significant buildings in all Valle d'Aosta, a corner of the city of considerable historical interest and great artistic charm. Also worth a visit is the Cathedral of Aosta dating back to the 11th century, with its beautiful Romanesque bell towers, the frescoes of the '500 and the high medieval ones.

Museums

The visit of the many museums (including archaeological, natural-scientific, handicraft) allows you to discover the history, traditions and culture of a particular region such as the Val d'Aosta, investigating the past to understand the characterizing features of a unique territory and its population.

A look at art is not lacking: traditional but also modern and contemporary art, kept in important cultural centers where international exhibitions are organized.