Aosta was known as the ‘Rome of the Alps’. Its history is linked to Rome, starting with its name: Augusta Praetoria, founded to keep an eye on the Gauls and consolidate its dominance over the fertile Po Valley and Northern Italy. The Romans left Aosta with a rich heritage of monuments including the Arch of Augustus, the Porta Praetoria gateway, the Monumentale Teatro Romano theatre, the Amphitheatre, the Pont de Pierre bridge and many others that have been partly preserved.
The surrounding area also boasts the medieval legacy of churches and convents, as well as forts and castles. Its archaeological and monumental wealth makes Aosta a beautiful Italian city of art, even if it is associated more with snow and skiing. The mountains are of course a fundamental part of Aosta: they make up the scenery and are a tourist site that attracts people from all over the world, in winter and summer. All of these features make Aosta an all-season destination.