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Criptoportico Forense

Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Aosta, Italy
+39 335 798 1505
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Eerily beautiful with a great video

This old underground criptoportico was beautiful, calm, eerie and happily free from other tourists... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robynguy
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Melbourne, Australia
Worth the detour!!

Absolutely amazing. The underground romains of the roman forum. Extremely well renovated and very... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2018
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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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Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Aosta, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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,...More

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Absolutely amazing. The underground romains of the roman forum. Extremely well renovated and very well kept up, like all the other sites we visited in Aosta. I recommend getting the ticket which includes the 4 major sites, for 7 euros.

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

fabulous .do start by viewing the excellent film at the end of the arcos (on your left once you are inside). att.vous devez avoir un billet qui n'est pas en vente on the spot.

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

You should end your visit to the 4 attractions, included in the single ticket at Aosta, right here. A Portico is basically a colonnade and a criptoportico is an underground colonnade. This is exactly that and it is beautiful, difficult to understand exactly why it...More

Thank Conram
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

This is one of the 4 sites you can visit with your ticket for the Teatro Romano so represents great value for money. The entrance is just in front of Aosta cathedral but going down the steps into the cryptoporticus feels like you are entering...More

Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Aosta was an important Roman city and the ruins amazed us. The criptoportico was a complete surprise and a beautiful, peaceful, surreal place. I had no idea that Aosta had such treasures -- and hope to return for a longer visit soon.

Thank Thelwell
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

The snow was melting so we dicided to have a day in Aosta and we visited the Criptoporticus and theatre. We dont really do ruins or sites like this but this one was quite special. it helped that there was nobody there when we visited....More

1  Thank matthewbbailey
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

The Cryptoporticus was underneath what was the Roman forum. It was a huge underground room in horseshoe shape with beamed vaults and travertine pillars. Very unusual and evocative. I was there without any other visitor which always aids the imagination.

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

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...More

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