The Arch of Augustus
today, as two thousand years ago, marks the western entrance to the old part of the town. Facing, the Buthier river is crossed by a Roman bridge (visible to the left of the current bridge). Proceeding along the decumanus maximus
of Augusta Praetoria
(the main road axis in an east-west direction), via Sant'Anselmo today, we arrive at the heart of the colony. Access to the area inside the town walls is via the well preserved Porta Pretoria, dating to the actual foundation of the colony, with three arches, a wider one for carriages and one at either side for pedestrians. Due to sediment accumulated over time, the current day road is three metres above that existing in Roman times. The imposing solid walls of the entrance reflect the magnificence of the Roman walls
visible for a long tract by passing through one of the three arches and turning right, into the archaeological area. Here you can find the imposing Roman Theatre and amphitheatre
. To fully appreciate the atmosphere try lunch at peplum
, the Vecchia Aosta restaurant, located inside the ancient walls and offering traditional specialities.