The Roman aqueduct-bridge of Pont d'Ael
- April to September:
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
- 1st to 31st October:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Info onsite for guided tours, educational workshops and other cultural activities organized in the site.
Opening times are subject to variations: we advice to verify them by calling the phone numbers reported in the “Contact” area.
From 19th to 27th September 2020 free entry on occasion of the event Plaisirs de Culture
Full price ticket: € 3.00
Reduced entrance-fee: € 2.00 (groups of at least 25 paying visitors, university students, specific deals)
Under 18s reduced entrance-fee: € 1.00 (visitors aged 6 – 18, school groups)
- children under 6
- visitors with disabilities and their companions
- teachers and other persons accompanying school groups, 1 person per 10 students.
- on line reservation and purchase of the tickets are strongly advised on MiDA
- face mask is mandatory
- mantain a minimum distance of 1 meter
- backpacks and bulky bags are not allowed
Buying the ticket is necessary only for entering the covered passage.
The site presents access difficulties for people with disabilities (presence of architectural obstacles).
In proximity of the Pont d’Ael hamlet, on the right side of the road leading up to Cogne from Aymavilles, an aqueduct-bridge in masonry and stone blocks built above the Grand-Eyvia stream gives evidence of the magnificence of the works realised during the Roman era, measuring 56 metres in height and more than 50 metres in length.
The monument had a double function of bridge and acqueduct and was consequently built on two different levels: a drain for canalizing water in the upper part and a covered passageway of about 1 meter width in the lower section, allowing the transit of men and animals.
An inscription on the northern front attributes the building’s construction at the year 3 B.C., to the private initiative of Caius Avillius Caimus, coming from Patavium (Padua): belonging to a well-off gens, he could invest in the mining activity for digging out the “bardiglio” marble, widely used in the erection of private and public buildings in the town of Aosta. The acqueduct-bridge played therefore a fundamental role in the extraction and processing of the marble of the local quarries.
The recent research and restoration works of the Pont d’Ael site, have consisted in archaeological excavations, as well as in the complete conservative renovation of the roman aqueduct-bridge and in recovering an adjacent building destined to become the site’s interpretation Centre.
The renovation project has allowed to create a visit itinerary following the original ring, permitting the visitors to pass on the above walkway, enter in the covered passage from the left river and go out from the right one, where a stretch of the ancient Roman service road, nowadays partially destructed, will be reproduced in the natural rock.
Telephone:(+39) 0165 902252 / (+39) 0165 274363