Bard (Aosta Valley): what to see


What to see in Bard, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including Forte, Casa della Meridiana, Palazzo Nicole, rock carvings and Roman road.

Tourist information

Located in a position close to the mountain, along the left bank of the Dora Baltea and in a gorge located near the confluence with the Champorcher valley, Bard had in the past a considerable position of control over the Dora, Ayas and Champorcher valleys, from which it derived its fortification, first in Roman times, then in the sixth century under the Ostrogoth king Theodoric.

It is very interesting to visit the fort, formed by a complex of ramparts overlooking the town.

The fort was erected in the fifteenth century on top of a previous fortress, at the behest of Amedeo IV of Savolia, was later razed to the ground by Napoleon and later rebuilt by Carlo Alberto in 1830.

In Bard, in addition to the historic fort, it is interesting to visit the medieval village, where there are interesting buildings dating back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including the Casa del Vescovo, Casa Valperga, Casa Ciucca and Casa della Meridiana.

What see

Remarkable is the eighteenth-century Palazzo Nicole, which inhabited the last noble counts of Bard.

In the square of the new town hall, there is also the parish church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, whose history begins from the twelfth century.

With a rectangular interior and a single nave, the church is preceded by a stone staircase and an arcade.

The bell tower, which has preserved the Romanesque forms, looks like an imposing square tower on which single and double lancet windows open.

Near the fort there is an archaeological area including rock carvings.

Next to the road leading to Donnas, a long stretch of the Roman consular road of the Gauls is still visible, dug out of the rock for over two hundred meters.

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