Leaving La Belle Epoche Hotel, Aosta today with very sore thighs after 2 straight days of downhill walking.
Aosta in 25BC was a key Roman town for the expansion of their empire into northern Europe and Britain. Here Julius Caesar’s statue reminds us of the Roman’s influence on these northern Italian towns.
This old castle is right in the city of Aosta, and is currently being renovated, as is most everything else here.
This is 1 intact old gate of 4 that were built to guard the entrances to the city.
This is one of the walls of the old gate.
Another arched entrance into Aosta.
Flat land in towns is at a premium so cemetries utilise vertical family vaults.
We passed many beautiful container gardens along the way today.
And regular gardens such as this one with its delightful peony roses in bloom!
Our few days of good weather has come to an end today – storm clouds gather over the old Quart castle, built in the 13th century by the reigning fuedal family of the area. Our path today took us on a climb up the mountain behind the castle then down into the valley- again. Peter wasn’t appreciative of this climb up and down!!
Here is the story of the old castle.
The reward at the end of the day for all the climbing effort was this delicious looking and tasting desert.