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Offline Figleaf

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Where's the Mint
« on: July 06, 2014, 09:44:10 AM »
We visited Aosta, largely French speaking but just within Italy, once a rich ducal seat and before that an important Roman town. Wandering around in the old streets, we came upon a Mint Street. We went along the whole street, trying to determine where the Mint once was. It may well have disappeared without a trace, but we settled on an old, sturdy house with a mysterious slit on one wall, right against a complex of low buildings that may have housed a water mill and opposite a small river port that would have facilitated transportation of heavy goods.

Fantasy, maybe, but Aosta sure had a Mint. What do you think?

Peter
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Re: Where's the Mint
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2014, 12:43:11 PM »
The location looks promising. ;)
http://www.cnvaldostano.it/zecche_ad_aosta.htm
Enjoy your trip!

Christian

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Re: Where's the Mint
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2014, 04:32:42 PM »
Ah! So it was the building right next to it with the water mill and even closer to the river port. Thank you, chrisild! How not so smart of the city not to put up even a little sign on the building. Even the impressive Roman ruins were not labelled. You have to guess what you were seeing, though it helps if you have seen a Roman arena and a Roman military camp before. BTW, a very nice site. I added the French version to the links collection.

Peter
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Re: Where's the Mint
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 11:48:35 AM »
Agreed - it may make sense to not have signs in the city if a site/building cannot be visited (except outside) anyway. But once you're in front of the building, it would be nice to have some kind of plaque ...

Christian