Roman Theatre

Aosta, Italy

The Roman Theatre in Aosta was built in the late reign of Augustus, some decades after the foundation of the city (25 BC), as testified by the presence of pre-existing structures in the area. There was also an amphitheatre, built during the reign of Claudius, located nearby.

The theatre occupies three blocks annexed to the ancient city walls, along the Roman main road (the decumanus maximus, next to the Porta Praetoria. The structure occupied an area of 81 x 64 m, and could contain up to 3,500/4,000 spectators.

What remains today include the southern façade, standing at 22 m. The cavea was enclosed in a rectangular-shaped wall including the remaining southern part. This was reinforced by buttresses each 5.5 m from the other, and included by four orders of arcades which lightened its structure. It has been supposed that the theatre once had an upper cover, in the same way of the Theatre of Pompey in Rome.

The orchestra had a diameter of 10 m. The scene, of which only the foundations remain, was decorated by Corinthian columns and statues, and was covered with marble slabs.

A marketplace surrounded by storehouses on three sides with a temple in the centre with two on the open (south) side, as well as a thermae, also have been discovered.

Since 2011, the theatre is used for music shows and theatrical performs.



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Via Cesare Chabloz, Aosta, Italy
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Founded: around 0-10 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy


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Tibor Ramirez (2 months ago)
You get to see some part of history with an excellent background. Wish there was more to read and understand.. bonus, you get to visit 5 more historic sites in town with the same ticket!
Joanne Cook (3 months ago)
Free for under 18s and only €8 per adult, the ticket gave us access not only to the theatre, but 4 other historical sites in Aosta. All within 15 mins walk and also by the main shopping/eating area. Lovely
Riccardo Testoni (5 months ago)
Stunning archeological site, well preserved and maintained, the ticket to enter is cheap and gives access to other archeological sites nearby that are definately worth visiting. A must do when visiting Aosta. This site is all in the open so bring an umbrella or sunscreen depending on the weather.
Daniel Fg (7 months ago)
The ruins are remarkable for the grandeur of the building and the stunning natural backdrop of the snow-capped Alps. Admission costs €8. (April 2023) and the same ticket is valid for two other archaeological sites in Aosta (the paleochistian church of San Lorenzo and the forum cryptopoticus) plus the archaeological museum.
Jarrod Hunt (11 months ago)
Great to visit this seasoned piece of Roman history. Looks lovely covered in snow, and even though some of it was closed to the public it was still a nice walk
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