Skiing in the Ayas, Gressoney and Champorcher valleys

Three valleys just a stone’s throw away from the Bard Fortress offer dozens of kilometres of slopes and trails for downhill and cross-country skiing. Skiing in Champorcher, the nearest of the three destinations at just 14 km from Bard, means losing yourself in nature: integrated tourism and low-environmental-impact skiing. Everyone

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The Lower Aosta Valley, land of surprises

Come and experience the Lower Aosta Valley: take a journey through its history, among centuries-old vineyards, chestnut groves, unspoiled valleys exuding charm, Roman and Medieval ruins, timeless traditions and flavours. Your journey begins from Pont-Saint-Martin, gateway to the Aosta Valley, and goes as far as Montjovet and Verrès (photo at the

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On the ancient Via delle Gallie: Pont-Saint-Martin and Donnas

The Via delle Gallie was the first public construction in the Aosta Valley. The road cuts across the Aosta Valley region, starting in Eporedia (Ivrea) and going as far as Augusta Prætoria (Aosta), before branching off towards the Little St. Bernard Pass and the Great St. Bernard Pass. The route

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View of the Fortress: Albard, Verale and the Tête di Cou

This is a lovely hike along a mule trail of military origin that makes its way uphill starting from the village of Albard,in the Municipality of Bard, which you can reach by car by driving up from Donnas. The trail climbs through chestnut woods and affords a fabulous view of the Bard Fortress

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Hiking or climbing: routes in Hône for everyone

Once you have crossed the stone bridge connecting it to Bard, you will find the town of Hône. There are many hiking opportunities for all ages and abilities. From Hône, on foot, you can admire the gullies cut into the rock by the Ayasse stream, along the Ravines Trail. Climbing up the

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Exceptional vineyards: from Donnas to Montjovet

The sun-drenched slopes of the Lower Aosta Valley have provided the ideal environment for growing vines for centuries. The terraced landscapes of Donnas welcome visitors to the Aosta Valley, just a few kilometres from the Bard Fortress. This is where Nebbiolo, Freysa and Neyret grapes are grown, used to produce

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Arnad, lard capital

Arnad, the capital of lard, is just 3 km from the Bard Fortress. Valleé d’Aoste Lard d’Arnad is a product of protected designation of origin, obtained by processing pork loin from which adequate fat has been removed, followed by curing in “doils”, ancient tubs in chestnut or oak wood. Inside

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A land of castles

Aosta Valley is famous for its castles and towers, which, once upon a time, towered over vast areas of the region. Just a few kilometres from the Fortress are two castles open to the public for tours all year round: the elegant Issogne manor house of the Challant family and

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Mont Avic Natural Park and the Champorcher Valley

The Mont Avic Natural Park stretches over the municipalities of Champdepraz and Champorcher in a stunning natural setting with forests and Alpine lakes. The environments have only been slightly altered by mankind; the inaccessible land has limited farming and sheep-rearing activities and tourism, too. The Park’s forests, which were exploited in the past for

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Mont Mars Nature Reserve, celebrating nature

Heading back up the Gressoney Valley, in the municipality of Fontainemore, roughly 14 km from the Bard Fortress, you will find a haven of wild, pristine nature just waiting to be explored: this is the Mont Mars Nature Reserve, stretching over an area of 390 hectares on the left-hand bank, when

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