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Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Galleries
Bard is a town and comune in the Aosta Valley region of northwestern Italy. It is part of the Unité des communes valdôtaines du Mont-Rose and has a population of 134.Fort Bard (Forte di Bard; Fort de Bard) is a fortified complex built in the 19th century by the House of Savoy on a rocky prominence above the town. After many years of neglect, it has been completely restored. In 2006 It reopened to tourists as the home for the Museum of the Alps. The fort also has art exhibitions. In the summer, the main courtyard is used to host musical and theatrical performances.HistoryBard lies at the centre of a deep, narrow gorge at the head of the Aosta valley. This strategic point has been inhabited since the Neolithic period as archaeologists have found several large engraved stones around the area. It later became a major route between Celtic Gaul and the Roman world of the Italian peninsula.Today the town has many buildings dating back to the 16th century. These include the Bishop's House and the House of the Sun Dial. The Dora Baltea is also crossed by a Medieval stone bridgeFort Bard, which protects the pass, is built on the site of many earlier fortifications. In May 1800, it halted an entire French army launching a surprise attack on Northern Italy. It eventually fell to the division of French general Joseph Chabran on June 1, 1800.
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Popular things to do in Bard

Forte di Bard ©
Specialty Museum
Forte di Bard
Duration: 1h 30 min
The Little Wild Gallery ©
Art Gallery
The Little Wild Gallery
Duration: 30 minutes
Chiesa Parrocchiale dell'Assunzione di Maria
Religious Site
Chiesa Parrocchiale dell'Assunzione di Maria
Duration: 30 minutes
Le Alpi dei Ragazzi
Specialty Museum
Le Alpi dei Ragazzi
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Bard

Salumificio Maison Bertolin ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Salumificio Maison Bertolin Arnad
Duration: 1h 30 min
Il Negozietto
Gift & Specialty Shop
Il Negozietto Chatillon
Duration: 1h 30 min
Giro Lago ©
Water Body
Giro Lago Ceresole Reale
Duration: 2h 30 min

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