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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Dilip de Filippis (8 months ago)
The Roman theatre is one of fourth attractions that you can see in Aosta. You just pay 7€ per adult and 2€ per child under 18 to see all the attractions.
AndresRafael StefaniSucre (10 months ago)
Ross Clabburn (14 months ago)
Great Roman history that is still being preserved and excavated. Worth seeing
David Caruana (2 years ago)
Lovely place to visit, we were here on Christmas eve and was very peaceful, nice Christmas Market too!
Amy Stein (2 years ago)
It is very interesting and just around the corner from the Tourist Information Office. It was especially beautiful during the Christmas Market. Large site.
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