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MAR
Regional Archaeological Museum

A dive of over 5000 years of history

The Museum is housed in the area of the ancient northern gate of the Roman walls of Augusta Prætoria, first transformed into a strong house in the Middle Ages and, in modern times, in Monastery of the Visitation.
During the Napoleonic occupation, the monastery became a barracks.
On the current neoclassical facade we find the coat of arms of the House of Savoy and the portraits of the main characters of the noble Challant family i>.
The museum collects testimonies that vary from prehistory to the Middle Ages.
The finds from the Roman era collected from the excavations carried out in the city attest to the funerary rituals, cults, public and private building, describing the history both monumental and human of the little Rome of the Alps.
The itinerary ends with a space dedicated to the advent of Christianity and the Middle Ages.
The archaeological subsoil can be visited and is an integral part of the Museum.
In this museum you will be able to have an interactive experience, touching the copies of the ancient objects stored in the drawers of the display cases, always accompanied by modern multimedia supports.

Hours
October-March: 10:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 17:00
Closed 25 December and 1 January
April - September: 9:00 - 19: 00
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time

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Roman Theatre

A timeless experience

This monumental stone wall, adorned with tripartite windows and pilasters in giant order, was isolated in the 1930s from the other buildings that arose over the centuries close to and inside the ancient structure. It was Canon Jean-Antoine Gal who saved the remains of this mighty building of the Roman Aosta, requesting the King's intervention in 1833; even in Aosta, in fact, the quality of the materials used by the Romans attracted the appetite of many builders who saw in ancient buildings a useful quarry of good raw material.
It is fascinating to approach these walls that testify to the grandeur and elegance of Roman public architecture.

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Forensic Cryptoporticus

An underground space of light and shadow

This impressive underground space follows the perimeter of the ancient Forum, the main commercial and religious square of Augusta Prætoria.
Its solid arched structures, surmounted by barrel vaults typical of Roman architecture, date back to the Augustan era and they have reached us in an exceptional state of conservation. Exploited as warehouses in the Middle Ages and in fact called Marché des Romains, we are not given to know exactly what their original function was; We are waiting for you here in Aosta to investigate together the mysteries of this magical place full of mystery!

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Early Christian Church of San Lorenzo

The hidden basilica

Thanks to the major excavation works in the second half of the 20th century and the subsequent musealisation, it is possible to experience this underground adventure in the ancient extra-urban necropolis between the Prætoria Gate and the Arch of Augustus. The early Christian church that followed the Milanese model of the Holy Apostles built by St Ambrose was built here.
The temple, which we will rediscover on this visit, dates back to the 5th century and is an important example of religious architecture from the first century when the Christian faith was the official religion of the Roman Empire.

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Consolata Villa

An out-of-town dwelling
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Going up towards the first hill which once enjoyed a wonderful view over the city of Augusta Prætoria and its pomerium, we will find a splendid urban-rustic villa, the heart of a large agricultural estate of very ancient origins. The building was articulated on the sides of a large open atrium and equipped with a large rainwater collection tank and was equipped with large public rooms, as well as baths and private rooms. It will be very interesting to stop and discover the quality and efficiency of the functional systems of this villa which brought water and thermal energy to the baths and kitchens.

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Basilica outside the Decumanus Gate

A necropolis in Roman Aosta
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Leaving ancient Aosta through the Decumanus gate we head towards the Little St Bernard Pass, once called Alpis Graia.
Here stood a small early Christian temple and a Christian necropolis. It will be very interesting to note the evolution of funerary culture, from the appearance in the 1st century of incinerations to the disappearance, from the second half of the 2nd century, of family and monumental tombs.

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Boys' garden

Daily life of an urban neighborhood
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We will find ourselves inside a populous district of ancient Aosta. In this corner of the city, located along a minor cardo, residential facilities, accommodation and craft structures have coexisted for more than 2000 years, all protected by the shade of a large portico.
As for us today, even for the Romans it was normal to have lunch away from home, perhaps in a thermopolium, an emporium of ready and hot food, or in an inn, the caupona. A daily life so evolved and close to ours that it will be easy to recognise every piece of furniture or every technological equipment and be surprised by the quality of life of our remote ancestors.

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