Aosta (VALLE D'AOSTA)
Remarkable monuments remain from the Roman period: the rectangular town walls, the Porta Praetoria, the amphitheatre, theatre and Arco di Augusto. Medieval remains are the Lebbroso and Bramafam towers, as well as the Collegiate church of Sant'Orso with cloister and treasures. The cathedral (11th and 15th century) has a neoclassical façade, as has the Palazzo del Municipio (Town Hall) which overlooks Piazza Chanoux.
The town's economy is based on tourism, commerce and administration and industry, which is present in the iron, food, chemical, textiles, publishing and wood working sectors.
Events: Fiera di Sant'Orso (end January), crafts exhibitoin (July to August), organ festival (in Summer), `Bataille des Reines' (in Autumn), the finals of the cow fights held throughout the year all along the valley.
Famous People: Federico Chabod (historian, 1901-1960), Emile Chanoux (politician, 1906-1944), St. Anselm (1033-1109), St. Gratus (5th century), St. Ursus (6th century).
Cultural Institutions: Alpine and Archeological Museum, Museo dell'Accademia di Sant'Anselmo, regional archives of the history of Valle d'Aosta.
In the Province: Châtillon (Castello Challant), Saint-Vincent (spa, casino), Courmayeur (`Duca degli Abruzzi' Alpine Museum), Cogne (Paradisia, alpine botanical garden), Saint-Pierre (permanent archeological exhibition, regional natural science museum), Saint-Nicolas (Franco-Provençal studies centre).