Saturday, 23 August 2014

Gran Paradiso - Aosta and Turin

Roman Arch of Augustus 
Aosta is well worth visiting. We were on our way to Turin and spent the morning and early afternoon here before catching the train to Turin.

We caught the free bus from Valnontey to Cogne and then the service bus to Aosta.

Aosta is the principal city of the Aosta Valley.

The City has some fantastic Roman remains right in the heart of the town, so you can walk from the main streets into the historic parts in minutes.

Roman bridge, Pont d'Ael
Just beyond the end of the main street there is an Arch built to celebrate the return of Augustus after a victorious conquest.

Over the road there is an old bridge that once spanned the river, but it is now dry as the river has changed it's course.

The main streets are largely pedestrianised and are lined with beautiful balconied buildings with flowers everywhere.

Archways lead to courtyards that you just have to explore.

On the Sunday 24th we caught the TGV back to Paris, then the Eurostar to London and the train to my sister-in-laws house to pick up the dogs.

They looked very happy.

The East gate to the walled city.

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