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Teatro Romano

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Address: Via Porta Praetoria | Angolo Via du Baillage, 11100, Aosta, Italy
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+39 0165 231665
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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Aostan Roman Theatre stands out for its straight southern facade...

The Aostan Roman Theatre stands out for its straight southern facade measuring 22 meters in height. Its majesty is punctuated by a series of buttresses and arches and is lightened by three orders of windows with different width. The masonry is characterized by large rectangular blocks of conglomerate and of local limestone. This suggestive part was originally longer than 60 m. The east and west sides were about 38 m long. The cavea is easily recognisable, as a semicircular structure where the public sat. Only the last six steps remain visible, in addition to the two, lower and wider, where the most important people used to sit. The radial substructures on which laid the rest of the terraces are still in their original place. The stage was located in front of the cavea, of which only the foundations are still visible. Small rooms behind served as dressing rooms for the actors, while the sides of the stage were used as deposits for equipment. The entire structure was then completed by arcades that stood against the perimeter wall on the shorter sides. The theatre was not built at the same time when the city was founded (25 BC), but rather a few decades later, in the Julio-Claudian era, as some previous buildings were found in this very area.

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Very interesting site

Small but very interesting archeological sight. Only €7 for a ticket to get in here and three other historical sites/museums around Aosta city centre - well worth it!

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small but very interesting archeological sight. Only €7 for a ticket to get in here and three other historical sites/museums around Aosta city centre - well worth it!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were so happy we paid the minimal fee to visit these breathtaking historical locations while visiting. Our kids were in awe and we all learned something new.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unexpected find in Aosta. Worth a stroll round the site and it's impressive backdrop of snow capped peaks.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not to belittle this site but it used to be freely accessible to all. For years I dropped by here to show my visiting friends some of the origins of this city. Now however the province is charging 7 euros to visit this and half dozen other small Roman and ancient sites across the city. I guess because there has... More 

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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Wow! What a find. Travelling over from Switzerland after a week on the snow to find aosta. A gem of a town. A walled city with lots to see and plenty of parks for the kids. Thoroughly recommend the town and this attraction,

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

The spectacular feature of Aosta is the southern façade of the Roman theatre – 22 metres high. It was built in the 1st century AD. It held 3 or 4 thousand spectators. The backdrop of Mont Blanc and the Alps makes for a truly memorable setting. Whilst seriously ruined there is a picture there of what it would have originally... More 

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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The entire centre of Aosta breaths history. The centerpiece are probably this remains of the roman theatre. Well lit and a must see at night. At the time we were there the sides were filled with the obligatory Christmas market but due to the setting the atmosphere was completely dirlfferent to the other Christmas markets I have attended.

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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Free Entry when I visited, I suspect the city rotates free Entry for different historical ruins. There is a Christmas market next to it.

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Reviewed 14 December 2016

What makes this site so pretty are the mountains behind it. While most of it is in ruins, many of the ones we have seen have the stage area preserved and this one has that area in ruins. It is nice to see a different perspective. There is a decent size area that you can explore. It was beyond worth... More 

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Reviewed 10 December 2016

We visited Aosta in the first week of December, and so we were able to visit Teatro Romano for free. The ruins make for a perfect sightseeing. There was a mini Christmas market operating around the theater and so the location was a bit overcrowded when we visited. It is best to go on a sunny day and I recommend... More 

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