The fascinating medieval old village of #Bard and its pictoresques lanes leading to the fortress lives you really breathless, first as the road is winding and so steeped then because of the amazing view on the muntains.
I did it because you cannot enjoy this experience if you take the lift but next time I’ll do it in spring!
Once reached the fortress walking under the sun you need a strong coffee and a bottle of chilled mineral water than you can start the visit. Great exhibitions at any time of the year, two were tailored made for me:
– Steve Mc Curry The Mountain men
– Da Raffaello a Balla
Do not forget that Fort Bard is located long the ancient Via Francigena route that joins Canterbury to Rome in the Middle Ages. The route crosses the entire Aosta Valley, from Gran San Bernardo to Point-Saint-Martin village, going down to Piedmont.
You can discover the itinerary on the official website:
If you wish to have detailed info on the Bard Fortress you can visit the official website:
and discove this impressive building now seat of prestigious exhibitions and festivals was built in shape we can see today by the House of Savoy in the 19th century.
When you finish your visit you can easily reach the village downhill and enjoy delicious typical food in one of the cosy restaurants you can find hidden in secret courts of stone houses; little jewels with secret passages leading from one room to another where you can smell the perfumes of bread, cured ham #bosses #saitmarcel and polenta concia all served accompanied by local wines the #fumin and #donnas.
A suggestion for lunch: