Other Roman monuments
Testimonies of Roman culture: majestic works, rural and residential buildings
Five centuries of Romanisation have left impressive marks on civilisation in Valle dâ€™Aosta. The Romans, once the locals were won over, planned the reconstruction of the entire territory by outlining the road network (the consular road for the Gauls), to the organisation of land and the establishment of the city of Aosta (Augusta Praetoria, 25 B.C.). The definition of the urban perimeter occurred by building a large city wall with gateways in Porta Praetoria, Porta Decumana and Porta Principalis Sinistra and Dextera. The 20 towers,
which were originally quadrangle shapes with 4 corners and located along the entire wall, underwent numerous transformations over the centuries. The public buildings were built to the north-eastern area delimited by Cardo and Decumanus Maximus. In the urban areas, behind the 2 roads, a legal complex was erected composed of a criptoportico, 2 temples in the sacred area (the platform of the eastern temple is still visible today) and the plateau (currently Piazza Severino Caveri). Â Near the Porta Praetoria and the city walls
buildings were erected for public shows; a theatre and an amphitheatre were built. The amphitheatre was a elliptic structure with 8 arches still standing today on the north-eastern section and incorporated into recent buildings. An interesting compendium on the presence of the Romans in the Valley can be found in the Archaeological Museum of Aosta where you can see the foundations of the city's northern gateway, as well as numerous finds.