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Forte di Bard

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Address: 11020 Bard, Italy
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+39 0125 833811

Fortress of Bard complex is the protagonist of a wide project aimed at the...

Fortress of Bard complex is the protagonist of a wide project aimed at the creation of a cultural pole in the Western Alps of Italy. From impregnable defence for the valley the Fortress has been transformed into a gateway to the Alps’ culture and traditions, with a museum centre in the forefront of the international scenery dedicated to the mountain. Nowadays the Fortress offers only a part of the several activities planned by the project, whose purpose is to bring together innovative cultural spaces, services and accommodation in one single structure. To complete the project, in addition to the Museum of the Alps, The Children’s Alps, and the space for temporary exhibitions, Fortress of Bard will host two other museums (Frontiers Museum; Fortress Museum), an info-point to promote the cultural artistic heritage of Valle d’Aosta Region (already working); a school area provided with a lecture room for lessons, meetings and film projections; two conference rooms; a media centre; historical and thematic paths; a small refined hotel, a restaurant and a café (already working).

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Imposing fortress at the entrance to the beautiful Valle d'Aosta

Bard is at the foot of the Alps and at the entrance to the Aosta valley. The fortress was rebuilt by the Savoys into a mountain so it was a series of gates zigzagging up the... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Bard is at the foot of the Alps and at the entrance to the Aosta valley. The fortress was rebuilt by the Savoys into a mountain so it was a series of gates zigzagging up the mountain to the fortress at the top. Of less interest than the fortress was how we got there - from the car park -... More 

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Chamonix, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

All we can say Amazing! It has been renovated and turned back into life years ago and hosts always interesting exhibitions apart from a permanent mountain museum . There are a few little shops that sell crafts from the area and a beautiful hotel ,a restaurant and a cafe on top of the fort . You can either reach the... More 

Thank Lella P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My hotel was near by the fortress so I decide to go and visit.... beautiful experience, fantastic view of the city, even walk around the little town takes you to fantastic corners, the funiculars look very stiff but actually are not.... views are fantastic from each level of the fortress, if you don't want to be in a bubble of... More 

Thank Ljubica B
Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Nice place for couples and family. Recommended when there's snow. The view is 10 times better. Nothing much to see beside the fort, though.

Thank Hamulas
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Once you are parked, prepare to scratch your car on the impossibly narrow exit ramp some imbecile designed.

Thank pastywhitescot
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We went there to see an exhibition and visit the Forte; while the exhibition was worth every penny spent (it was the Avengers exhibition, as the movie was partly filmed in the forte and in the surrounding villages), the Forte can be seen only from outside, and it was a little of a disappointment... It is worth going there, anyhow,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I went there specifically for two exhibitions (Erwitt and Chagall). I was expecting a lot from the building, but it is nothing more that a quite traditional military building from 800. Considering the position (basically it is facing Swiss border) I wonder what was the real utility. It has for sure restructured. The area has limited parking space and the... More 

Thank Ibosio
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The fort is dominating the Dora valley, when you walk through the fortress walkway you can understand how strategic it was. The access to the fortress an the 3 panoramic elevators is free, you pay for every single exhibition to the ticket office located to the top. The Alps Museum deserve for sure a visit, consider at least 2 hs... More 

1 Thank carmine d
Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

From outside look impressive, and from inside is very interesting and you can have it very good scenery of valley form it. For me it's better than Fenis castle. Ticket is 12€, and its need about 1-2h to make a tour.

1 Thank Hrvoje Z
Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The Fort is cool, but if you are intrigued with checking out the Alpine Museum get ready for a Bazar, bazar experience. We didn't really know what to think except it was the strangest museum ever. Beyond boring most of the time, dizzy videos that you could not look at, strangest videos on top of that as well. I would... More 

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