The quiet and authentic little town of Bard is best known for its imposing Fortress which attracts thousands of visitors a year. The town was born along the roman road to Gaul. Today it retains its medieval layout and the precious 15th and 16th-century residential buildings which are unusually well-preserved. Most of the buildings were constructed upon ancient Roman walls, still visible today in many of the cellars.
Situated 381 meters above sea level, the picturesque town is narrowly placed between the rock on which the famous Fort sits and the mountain at the entrance of the Champorcher Valley.
For thousands of years, the town of Bard has enjoyed its strategic position at the foot of the Alps. This, the smallest Italian municipality is in fact placed 45 km from the Roman capital of the region, Aosta, and 78 km from the Piedmontese capital Turin, halfway between the two second largest cities in Italy and Switzerland, Milan and Geneva.
By car: Valle d'Aosta SS.26 and A5 motorway, with exit at Pont Saint-Martin in the south and Verrès in the north, respectively 5 and 9 km away.
By train: The nearest train stations, along the Turin-Aosta route, are Pont-Saint-Martin and Verres. From there take a bus along the state road (SS. 26) towards the Commune of Bard and get off at the bus stop at the foot of the fortress. If you are traveling by local train get off at Hone-Bard Station, 500m from the fortress.
By plane: the nearest airports are the Turin Caselle international airport (60km) and Milano Malpensa (135 km).