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Bard (Bar in the Valdostane patois) is the smaller village of the Aosta Valley. Located in the narrowest part of the whole to d'Aosta, in the point where the rocks descend steep toward the Dora Baltea. At this point the Rijeka performs a meander, from where in the top of the rock stands the famous Fortress.
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A look at Bard
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About the village

The toponym "Bard", should derive from the Celtic "bar" designating a fortress, a fortified place, and not from the french word "bar" indicating the barbel, freshwater fish that is found on the municipal coat of arms. It was dominated for a long time from the Lordship of the Bard, which extended its protection on all the nearby Valle Champorcher.

The medieval village of Bard and its monumental houses
At the foot of the Fortress, the medieval village of Bard is one of the most charming and best preserved in the entire Valle d'Aosta; since antiquity for its strategic position, has always been a secure bastion against invasions, and it still preserves the style to arcs rich of mullioned windows with windows crusades. In the village you can admire the monumental houses of rare beauty, such as the House of the Bishop, home of the sundial, Casa Valperga, Casa Challant, Casa Ciucca, and the elegant Palazzo dei Nobili Nicole, recent accounts of Bard. Many clubs, shops, bars, restaurants and hotels are present in the village.

Near the fortress there is an important archaeological site with engravings and a "women's chute". In its interior it is located the main Bard Museum circuit, with expositions of multimedia museum of the Alps and the Alps of the boys. A fortress that, reborn from its ashes, now represents the main center for the dissemination of Alpine culture.

By Bard finally goes the route of the Via Francigena, coming from Arnad and Hône, after crossing the bridge on the Dora Baltea, towards Donnas and Pont-Saint-Martin.

Some wrote about Bard:
'It is recessed, as a wedge, between two mountains. On the one hand is the one that supports the famous Fort (...), on the other hand is another monte even higher (...). It is the path, by means by a narrow street, with old acciotolato still marked by the wheels of the carriages of the Roman legions. The houses are all ancient and have portals, windows and beautiful balconies in carved stone (...)"

Village of Bard
Municipality of Bard
Province of Aosta
Region Valle d'Aosta

Inhabitants: 117 bardesi
Altitude center: 400 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Villages of the Via Francigena

Piazza Cavour 4 - Tel. 0125-803134

= distances as the crow flies


  • From Turin: A5 motorway to Valle d'Aosta with exit at Pont-Saint-Martin, then take State Road 26, in the direction of Aosta, until you reach your destination.
  • From Milan: A4 motorway towards Turin; take the Santhià junction towards Aosta with the Pont-Saint-Martin exit, then take the Strada Statale 26, towards Aosta, until you reach your destination.


  • Hone railway station


  • Aosta airport
  • Turin airport

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= distances as the crow flies
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= distances as the crow flies
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36.14 Kilometers from Bard
= distances as the crow flies


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