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Day trip to Aosta, Italy

When I moved to Switzerland last November, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to visit Italy as well as it’s just so close by. I had never been and Flixbus made it quite easy; I received an email from them saying they had tickets from Lausanne to Aosta for 25 euros the return. I was hooked. I had never heard of Aosta before, I just knew it was in Italy, a 4 hours drive and really cheap. I mean, I had to go. I would have been crazy not to. 2 weeks after receiving that email, I was on my way to Italy.

The night before, I booked a little hotel called Hotel Beau séjour via the website booking.com. I paid 84 euros for 2 nights. It was a cheap but really nice studio with a little kitchen. So, if you’re travelling soon and need a room, booking.com is perfect for it.


If you read a few of my posts, you probably know that I’m not the planner type of person. Especially not when travelling. So here I was, on a Saturday morning, ready to explore Aosta, a city that a few days before I didn’t know the existence of. My hotel being “only” an hour walking from the city centre, I decided not to take the bus but walk instead. The view from outside the hotel was already beautiful. I could see the mountains during all the walk and of course, stopped so many times to take pictures. If you go to the same hotel as mine, I would recommend being extra careful if you choose to walk though as sometimes there’s no pavement and you’re literally walking on the road next to the cars.

View from my hotel’s room

I arrived in the small city of Aosta, full of live and my eyes wide opened. Music in the streets, colourful apartments, mountains in the background of a blue sky : I couldn’t stop smiling. I was so happy to be there. Most of the people speak French as second or even first language in Aosta as it’s so close to France. Usually, when I don’t speak the language of the country, I switch to English but not this time, I spoke French the whole time.

I found a little shop that melted my heart. It was the cutest and everything was handmade. Inside, the smells and colours hit me straight away. I gently asked if I could take pictures to the lady in the shop. She was so nice as well, answering all of my questions and helping me choose a candle for my hostfamily. You then got the candle in a beautiful bag made in cotton flower. You really should stop by if you ever going to Aosta.

The city is full of history and vestiges from ancient time. There’s a big door : “Porta Pretoria” in the middle of the city. It was used as the access to the city and build more than 2000 years ago but it’s still in good condition. It was actually so hard to take pictures of it as it’s pretty big and I haven’t saved money for a real camera yet so still using my phone to take pictures sooo.

A few meters away from the door, you can admire a huge statue called “I fisarmonicisti” (the accordionist) by Ouvrier Dorino. It’s made with wood and need loads of care therefore.

After lunch, I decided to visit the roman theater. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that for 7 euros (I think it was 5 or 6 for students) I could visit the theater and 3 others attractions in Aosta, using the same ticket. And you can use it ticket for a year!!! One of the greatest thing about not planning is you’re rarely disappointed as you don’t know what to expect and often surprised.

I started visiting the ruins of the roman theater. The sun creates some shadows with it and, with the mountains, it was stunning. I admired it for a long moment before going to my next stop

I then went to visit some underground galleries. I was basically alone in there : one of the advantage of exploring a small city, in the low season. I walked there to the end where there was a video about the galleries. I didn’t watch all of it as most of the attractions were closing at 5pm and I rather spend my time visiting than watching a video I could maybe find online.

After the galleries, it was time to visit the archeologique museum. I’m not really the type of person who loves history and museums but I still find them interesting. It was actually quite big and there was loads to see. I actually didn’t make it in time for the last of the four attractions included in the ticket : chiesa paleocristiana (the christian church). Meaning : I’ll have to go back. For that reason but also because I didn’t eat a pizza while I was in Italy. I know, crazy, huh?

I’ve been so happy to make that trip. It’s definitely not the typical city people would visit when they go to Italy and I think that’s what I liked the most about it. It’s small, not really known off, there’s only a few tourists there and you can actually visit without it being crowded or polluted by non respectful tourists. It is also perfect for a day trip then.

Also, I’ve been so lucky with the weather, it was 14 degrees and sunny when I was exploring and the next day, when I was living, it was snowy and minus 2 degrees haha.

The only little downs about this trip must be the bus journey. Both ways. We were delayed because of the customs borders and on the way back, someone had got weed on him so we arrived back in Lausanne 2hours later than what was expected. Also, I mentioned it in my previous post but I hurt myself behind the knee from walking too much. But it’s just details, the whole day trip was a blast. I’m so happy to finally said that I’ve been at least once to Italy. Won’t be the last one though.

Have you ever been to Aosta? Which city in Italy do you recommend I visit next? Tell me everything in the comments!

With love, Anaïs

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61 Comments

  1. Wow these pictures are amazing! I’m glad you got to finally visit Italy 😊

    1. Thanks so much!!! xx

  2. I love small hidden gem towns like this! And how the sites are not busy at all. The Roman theatre looks amazing! I’m glad you had a great time there. I didn’t know Aosta existed before this, it looks lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    Caitlin

    1. It was amazing indeed! You should visit it one day, it’s worth it xx

  3. So excited for you visiting Italy! Your pictures are wonderful, little jealous 🙂 but extremely glad get to see it through your eyes.

    1. Ohhh, thanks a lot!!! Please don’t be jealous xx

  4. This trip looks amazing! So beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    1. It was amazing indeed! Thanks a lot xx

  5. what an amazing place! I’ve never visited Italy before but these photos have me jealous!:)

    1. Oh don’t be jealous! It is beautiful indeed but you might visit it as well one day, who knows xx

  6. Wow, these pictures and your post have me wanting to book a flight ASAP. I’ve never been to Italy, it’s on the top of my bucket list. I definjrely want to check out this town when I made it over there – it looks amazing.

    Sarah | getupgetaway.com

    1. Such a lovely comment!!! Thanks so much, it means a lot xx

  7. Sounds like you have had a lovely trip! The photographs are so beautiful x

    1. I enjoyed it so much indeed! Thanks a lot xx

  8. jasonlikestotravel says:

    Looks like an adorable place. I’ve only been to Pisa and Florence in Italy, I really recommend Florence! 🙂

    1. It is!! Thanks for the recommendation xx

  9. This looks stunning! I’ve never even heard of Aosta before but I’ve never been disappointed by anywhere in Italy so the fact this place looks phenomenal is no surprise. You got such an amazing deal too, I wouldn’t have been able to turn that down either x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. Thanks a lot! xx

  10. mydreamality says:

    Gorgeous! Beautifully written too! Love your pictures. I’d love to go!

    1. Thanks so much! You should go and visit if you have the opportunity xx

  11. This is such a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot! Xx

  12. You are so lucky to have Italy so close! What a beautiful country it is!!!
    Happy Saturday!
    xo
    Anastasia
    https://www.natbees.com/a-little-afternoon-tea-gathering-with-maltesers/

    1. Thanks a lot!! xx

  13. sugisays says:

    Oh my gooood! I’m thinking of going to aitalt as part of my month long trip in April! This is going on my list of things to see when I’m there!

    1. You should definitely go!!! Thanks for commenting xx

  14. Pretty cool that you got to visit Aosta! I like that you made the most out of your trip. It’s okay to not plan, winging it is fine too! The views are really neat. Glad you had fun! Thanks for sharing your experience :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. Thanks for your comment Nancy!! x

  15. Aosta looks amazing! One of my goals in life is to be fluent at a second language, and to speak it when travelling. That Roman theatre though! 😍 Ahh I need to go to Italy. Beautiful photos as always xx

    1. Well, English IS my second language hahah and French my mother tongue xx
      Aosta is beautiful, you should visit if you have the opportunity! Thanks a lot 🙂

      1. Amazing!! I definitely will if I get the chance ☺️ xx

  16. Looks beautiful! I’ve never been that high up in Italy I believe so it’s a destination that’s very appealing.
    I think honestly we could just recommend the entire country, Italy is beautiful and there’s something for everyone. I lived in Bologna and I definitely recommend it, Venice is lovely (when sunny) and so is Tuscany with Florence or Siena (I lived there too, it’s small you can visit it all in a day/ weekend). And the South is beachy, has medieval villages.. It’s honestly a wonderful country and the food is always delightful!

    1. Thanks for all these recommendations Eleonore!!! I’ll go back to Italy as soon as I’ve got the opportunity x

  17. I’ve never heard of this charming little town before! I’ll have to try and go there when I’m in Italy later this year! Great post! Xx

    1. Thanks a lot!! x

  18. I really want to go to Italy! That Roman theatre is incredible. Very photographable. Hopefully I can get to Italy soon x

    Megan | https://meganelizabethlifestyle.com/

    1. You should go if you’ve got the chance, definitely worth it!! x

  19. aimsysantics says:

    What a beautiful place Aosta is?! I have never heard of it before, but it looks like such a charming little town. Also what a bargain for the bus ride (even if it did come with its downside!)
    I would love to visit Italy, this place has now been added to my list!

    Thank you for sharing your trip 🙂

    Aimsy xoxo
    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

    1. Thanks a lot for your lovely comment!
      I would 100% recommend to visit Aosta!! x

  20. I love visiting lesser known locations when I travel. It’s always fun exploring the smaller cities than the more touristy ones! x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

    1. I couldn’t agree more on this one! Thanks for commenting xx

  21. I’ve never heard of Aosta before, but wow, it looks beautiful. The view from your hotel is amazing! Italy is such a nice place, I went last year (Sicily) and can’t wait to explore more. The little handmade shop is so cute! Thank you for sharing your fantastic trip Anaïs, really enjoyed reading all about your adventures <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thanks a lot for your lovely comment Bexa! It was such a nice trip indeed and I’m sure you’ll love that shop if you ever visit Aosta!!! ❤❤❤

  22. Wow, it sounds like you had a lot of fun exploring! I loved your photos! The mountains in the distance make me nostalgic for some reason lol. Looking forward to reading about your next adventure!

    – [In Asian Spaces] http://inasianspaces.com

    1. Thanks a lot, it was an amazing trip indeed ❤

  23. This place looks sooo beautiful! I feel like I’m living vicariously through you with these posts, thanks for sharing! x

    1. Oh thanks so much for this lovely comment Hannah 💕

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  25. Love the pictures!!! Makes me want to fly back to Italy.

    1. Thanks so much! x

  26. Looks amazing, enjoy your next trip.

    1. Thanks a lot! xx

  27. Sounds like it was a good trip! I would love to go to the Italy one day 😯

    1. It was!! You should xx

  28. What a cute little town! I’ve never heard of it but it looks charming, I love that adorable little shop

    1. It is so cute indeed, you should visit one day xx the smell in that shop was incredible!!!! Xx

  29. You didn’t eat pizza?! It would be the first thing I do aha. Such a lovely little place, it reminds me of Barcelona a bit, I need to go everywhere in Italy it just looks like such an amazing country.

  30. These pictures are beautiful!

    1. Thanks a lot!!!

  31. What a beautiful place! I love themountains, so pretty!

    1. Thank you!! Xx

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