Hône is the nearest town to Bard and its Fortress. Characterised by a pretty historic quarter overlooked by the San Giorgio parish church and the majestic 18th-century bell tower, Hône offers passing tourists parks and playgrounds set out along the Ayasse stream and easy walks for all ages and abilities. Various free parking spaces are dotted around the town for visitors to the Bard Fortress to use. They are specifically signposted and you can reach Bard from them on foot in just a few minutes.
Points of interest
Playground and park
There is a large park located along the Ayasse stream, with a great deal of playground equipment for children, paths and vantage points. There is also a paid camper van area with facilities in the Raffòr district.
Leave Hône on foot to admire the gullies cut into the rock by the Ayasse stream, along a route offering stunning panoramic views from way up high.
From the town of Hône, cross the Ayasse stream and continue along the farm track until you get to the underground penstock. From here, take the mule trail that climbs up to the ruined houses of Serec (640 m). When you arrive in the village, take the steps leading up to a beautiful vantage point with a sweeping view over Hône and Arnad. Continue along the mule track, admiring the many panoramic views over the valley below and the Bard Fortress. You will then go past a crag with a sheer drop and before long you will reach Pourcil (965 m)
Placche di Oriana and Serra di Biel
Driving back up the Champorcher Valley by car, you can reach the rural villages of Biel and Courtil, by turning at the junction in Pontboset.From here, walk to the Serra di Biel, which affords breathtaking views over the Canavese and Lower Valley. There is a natural climbing wall, ideal for children especially but also useful for anyone trying their hand for the first time and wanting to improve their technique in safety. Routes for experts to the so-called Placche di Oriana.
Paying homage to this traditional local black bread. Micòoula is a rye bread containing chestnuts, walnuts, dried figs, raisins and, sometimes, flakes of chocolate. In fact, in patois (the Franco-Provençal dialect of the Aosta Valley), micòoula means “bread that is a bit smaller and a bit special”. The central event of the festival, the street market, takes place on December 8, starting in the morning. During the day, the locals of Hône offer dough-making and bread baking demonstrations.
Festival of the Patron Saint, Saint George
There will be entertainment and events galore from April 23 to 25 to celebrate the town’s patron saint. There is a captivating torchlight procession organised for the evening of April 24, followed by the fireworks display along the Ayasse stream.