Aosta is situated between Europe's highest mountains and is the capital of the Valle d'Aosta region. The town was founded during the Roman Empire and you can still see visual and monumental historical evidence such as the amphitheatre, the old town walls and the town church.
Archaeological finds show that it has been inhabited since 2900 BC. The place was strategically important and virtually all rulers throughout the ages have taken a turn at controlling the area. Interestingly, Aosta has always enjoyed a large degree of independence - and still does; the province has been autonomous since 1948.
The Romans took over the city in approx. 25 BC and with such great roman architecture remaining, it is worth a visit for this reason alone. In-fact, the city has been given the nickname of "Alpine Rome".
Among the city's attractions include the 12th Century cathedral, an amphitheatre and last but not least Sant'Orso - the cities finest architectural work consisting of a small collection of medieval churches.
As well of being a city of historical and cultural interest, it is also a lively place and offers good shopping with several clothes boutiques, delicatessen shops and workshops with local craftsmen. After closing time (19:00) the rest of the evening can be spent at the local cafes. There are a number of really good restaurants in the main street.
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