Criptoportico Forense

Criptoportico Forense, Aosta

Criptoportico Forense
4.5
Ancient Ruins
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The way leading to the Cryptoporticus is located in the garden on John XXIII square. It is a monumental building marking a sacred area for cult. It is a basement building with a series of windows. It was horseshoe-shaped and is formed by two parallel tunnels with barrel vaults, supported by sturdy pillars. The Cryptoporticus dates back to the Augustan age: it served mainly as a supporting structure of the land level that in that part of the city formed a slight slope from North to South, therefore creating a gap between the sacred area and the adjacent legal area. The colonnade above him served as a cornice for the two temples that stood side by side on a single podium, which could be reached by a staircase. The long east side of the Eastern Temple is well-preserved, and it can be seen nowadays, under the archdeaconry building. The Cryptoporticus therefore formed a covered walkway surrounding the sacred buildings. Its galleries represented an extension of the Forum colonnade, whose main function was to protect from rain and snow in winter and from sun in summer. During the third and fourth centuries, it probably turned to be used for goods storage.
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Linda C
Cape Town, South Africa111 contributions
Well done the city of Aosta for the well preserved Roman history of the area. The Criptoportico was amazing, such an interesting place to visit. The video, in different languages, gave huge insight into how the area developed. A definite place to see.
Written July 12, 2022
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Robynguy
Melbourne, Australia99 contributions
Couples
This old underground criptoportico was beautiful, calm, eerie and happily free from other tourists so we could really feel the atmosphere, with beautiful music softly playing in the background. A very interesting and informative video was constantly playing at one end, rotating through different languages, including English. Well worth the visit.
Written June 5, 2018
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Fiona D
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK228 contributions
Couples
Well preserved surprising example of Roman underground remains. Larger than anticipated upon entry. Free admission. English guide leaflet available. Helpful staff. Worth a visit! Unusual but enticing!
Written August 18, 2015
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rhyshedges
Oxford, UK422 contributions
Couples
A few words of introduction. Tickets are from the archeological museum or the tourist office. Push chairs and backpacks are not allowed. It is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Right! That’s all the negatives out of the way.

My advice is that when you reach the foot of the steps, do a U turn, then without stopping, walk to the end and then to the end of the colonnade on the left. Here you will find a video which rotates through several languages. If you catch the English version sit down and enjoy, if it is in French it is probably worth hanging around as English is next. If it is Italian, you’ve just missed the English so go back and explore and learn from the wall displays.

Why so much emphasis on a video for an attraction that would be 5 stars without it? Because the video really puts Roman Aosta in context and puts this extraordinary artefact into context. It really is good.

I hope you find this advice useful.
Written September 18, 2019
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Vetvoyages
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine115 contributions
Solo
This vaulted cellar is part of the remains of the roman forum and is a wonderful space to visit. There is a good video in Italian, English and French explaining how it arose and was used. Comes as a joint ticket with the museum, Teatro Romano and the roman church.
You cannot buy a ticket at the criptoportico, you have to buy it at one of the other sites.
Takes maybe 30 minute maximum to visit.
Written February 26, 2019
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iat410
Taipei, Taiwan40 contributions
Solo
I paid 7 euro for entrance to 3 sites, this, the archeological museum, and the paleo Christian church of Saint Lorenzo. This is by far my favorite, well lit, gorgeous, and I was totally alone in there for the entire visit. The care taker did not speak a lot of English, but he was nice enough to point out the ancient mosaic for me.
Written December 22, 2016
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Il Vàgero
Viareggio, Italy425 contributions
Very well preserved piece of architecture. It is very usefull to have an idea of the surroundings in the Roman age since it is structurally connected to the outside square and church.
At the time of my visit the entrance was free and well presented.
Written January 24, 2014
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Lowrider78
Berikon, Switzerland354 contributions
Hystoric part of this beautiful city. This is not the only sightseeing, there are a lot of beautiful places
Written September 7, 2020
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Rubblegeek
Mold, UK21 contributions
Couples
One of the 4 sites of Aosta included in the very reasonably priced €7 collective ticket (along with the Roman theatre, archaeological museum and nearby church). On a hot day, this place is great just for its cooler temperature! However, architecturally, it is so impressive and the video in the far corner is very educational. Absolutely well worth a visit
Written August 1, 2018
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momo-colorado
coloradan gal90 contributions
Couples
Imagine yourself here, almost 2000 years ago, in your town's public criptoportico, perhaps escaping the summer heat, as the bustle of activity in the Forum above you continued on... What a fascinating place.

There's a very good video inside that is played in Italian, French and English and provides a lot of context. Otherwise, marvel at the Roman stonework, check out the Roman-era plaster that is still present on parts of the walls, find the old baptism pool that was carved there several hundred years ago... At first glance you are just walking inside a cool space but the details are truly mind-boggling. There are literally thousands of years of history down there.

The exhibit docent - a local from Aosta who is an archeologist - spent 20-30 minutes with us answering all of our questions and filling in with extra information... he made our experience all the more intimate and I thank him dearly!
Written November 18, 2017
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