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Area Archeologica (Archaeological Area):
can be entered through the archaeological area which represents the ancient “Augusta Praetoria Salassorum” by passing through the “Praetoria Gate” which signalled the entrance of the Decuman into the City and which was the most important of the City’s gateways along the ancient defence wall – a wall which encloses the very archaeological site. It’s still possible to recognize the typical area sub-divisions: The area of the public buildings with the magnificent theatre and what little remains of the amphitheatre; the area of the springs; the forum area with its “plateau” and finally the sacred areas containing the temples and arcaded parts.


Museo del Tesoro della Cattedrale (Museum of the Cathedral’s Treasures):
has been housed in the interior of the Cathedral itself, in the deambulation area behind the main altar. It contains very precious sacred objects, not only from the Cathedral but also from other churches in the Valdostana area.


Museo Archeologico Regionale (Regional Archaeological Museum):
faces the meridianal side of Piazza Roncas and occupies the space of the ex Dame della Visitazione monastery and that of the house of Vaudan. The museum dates back to 1929 but the new museum came about in 1993, with the modern day chronological route beginning in 2004. The new order of the pieces follows the most up to date scientific discoveries and the works exhibited regards the finds of ancient Augusta Praetoria and its territory. On the ground floor the pieces cover the periods which run from the Mesolithic (7/6000 BC) to the 7th Century AD. On the earth sites instead, there’s an archaeological museum area which can be followed under cover to visit some parts of wall that have been uncovered by archaeological digs. There’s also a notable numismatic collection connected to the museum.

 

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