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  • Verrès Castle the hotel is 14.5 Km far(14 minutes drive).

Verrès Castle is one of the most famous medieval manors. Built as a military fortress, is considered as an early example of a monobloc castle, that consists of one building in contrast to the oldest manor houses which consist of a number of buildings enclosed by walls. It stands on a rocky promontory overlooking the Verrès village and the road to Val d’Ayas. On the opposite side are located Dora Baltea river and Issogne castle. It looks like a solid, austere cube of thirty meters on each side, with no decorative elements.

Timetable: April – September 9: 00-19: 00 October to March 10: 00-13: 00-14: 00-17: 00

Closed: Mondays, December 25th and January 1st

Schedule may be subject to variation: we suggest you to check directly by contacting directly using the phone number listed in the section below:

CONTACTS: 11029 VERRES (AO) – Telephone: 0039 125929067 – Fax: 0039 125929067


  • Fenis Castle: the hotel is 10 Km far (15 minutes drive).

Fenis castle is one of the most famous and spectacular medieval castles in Aosta Valley. Known for its architecture, with double crenellated walls enclosing the central and several towers building, venue for important events, is one of the major tourist attractions of the county and one of the best preserved medieval castles in Italy. Unlike other castles built for military purposes and protection, this one is situated on top of a promontory, but on a slight hill with no natural defenses, very close to its village.

Combining the characters of the fortification of those stately home, this castle was in fact the prestigious representative of the greatest exponents of the Challant family, who endowed the imposing defense system, and elegant decorative paintings, symbols of power and prestige.

Timetable: guided entrance, last visit 30 minutes before closing.

From April to September: from 9.00 to 19.00, everyday. From October to March: from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00. Closed on Mondays, December 25h and January 1st. Schedule may be subject to variation: we suggest you to check by contacting directly by using the phone number listed in the section below:

CONTACTS -HAMLET CHEZ SAPIN 1, 11020 FENIS (AO) – Phone: (+39) 165 764263 – Fax: (+39) 165 764 044


  • Issogne Castle: the hotel is 16 Km far (19 minutes drive).

One of the most well-known castles of Aosta Valley. It is located in the main town of Issogne (La Place area), on the right side of the Dora Baltea river. It appears as a renaissance stately home, creating a contrast with the austere and solid castle of Verrès which is located almost in front. Famous are its inner courtyard, with pomegranate fountain and the colorful arcades, a rare example of medieval Alpine painting, with its cycle of frescoes of scenes of everyday life of the late Middle Ages.

Timetable: guided entrance, the last visit has to be considered 30 minutes before closing.

From 25th March to 30th September: from 9.00 to 19.00, every day. From 1st October to 31th December: from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00. Closed on Mondays, December 25th and January 1st. Schedule may be subject to variation: we suggest you to check by contacting directly by using the phone number listed in the section below:

CONTACTS: CASTLE SQUARE – 11020 ISSOGNE (AO) – Phone: (+39) 125 929 373


  • Bard: the hotel is 22 Km far (23 minutes drive).

Bard Fortress is a fortress complex that rebuilding in the nineteenth century by the House of Savoy on the rock that dominates Bard village. Almost intact from the time of its construction, the Fortress is one of the best examples of barrage fortress of the early nineteenth century.

The fortress consists of three main buildings: from the bottom are the Opera Ferdinando, the median building, up to the peak of the relief, where the Opera Carlo Alberto is.

The latter is the most impressive of the three works, which encloses the large square courtyard of the parade ground, surrounded by a large porch, where does that leave the space dedicated to temporary exhibitions. In addition to the Museum of alps, there are the prisons, which house a multimedia thematic course on the history of the fortress.

To access the top of the fortress you can follow the footpath that runs through mighty walls starting from the interesting medieval village at the side of the parking lot, or make use of the panoramic elevators through which one can enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding valley.

Starring in the occasion of the passage of the French army in 1704 and especially the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte who, in May 1800, will barricaded in a strong defense army of 400 austrians. The defense structures of the fortress were so efficient that Napoleon’s army took about two weeks to overcome them, only succeeding by subtlety (here comes the legend). The fortress was then dismantled by Napoleon, to avoid further problems in the future.

What we see today is the reconstruction work was commissioned by Carlo Felice, in the middle of the Restoration, since 1830 made it one of the most important military structures in Aosta Valley. The decline started in may 1800, when the fortress was used as a penal colony before and then as a weapons depot. Decommissioned in 1975 from military state property, it was acquired by the Region in 1990 and completely renovated and re-opened in January 2006. It now houses exhibitions of ancient, modern, and contemporary photography.

The Fortress thanks to important events, exhibitions and events held was forded a major national hunger and beyond. Home to three permanent locations: the Museum of the Alps, Alpi dei Ragazziand the Prisons, as well as another one, the museum of the Fort, in proces of being completed.

Timetable:

– The Fortress: From Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 18:00 – Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00 to 19:00. From July 25th to September 4th, open daily, 10:00 to 21:00. The ticket office closes 1 hour before the fortress.

– Museum of the Alps: same timetable of the fortress

– The Prisons: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 to 18:00 – Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11:00 to 19:00

Schedule may be subject to variations. For further information we suggest you to contact directly the phone number listed in the section below:

CONTACTS: 11020 BARD (AO)

Phone: (+39) 125 833 811

E-mail: info@fortedibard.it

web: www.fortedibard.it


  • Castello Savoia (Gressoney-Saint-Jean): the hotel is 54 Km. (57 minutes drive).

Castel Savoia is a nineteenth century villa and fabulous eclectic style located in the municipality of Gressoney-Saint-Jean. Its location on the side of the valley, at the foot of Ranzola hill in the area named “Belvedere”, offers a breathtaking view of the glacier Lyskamm and Monte Rosa. The building is surrounded by a large park which is home to a small pine forest and the rock garden at the foot of the building.

Built at the behest of Queen Margherita of Savoy, who was staying in Gressoney, host of Beck Peccoz barons since 1889, the house was the home to the Queen during her summer stays until 1925.

Timetables: guided entrance, the last visit  30 minutes before closing. From 25th March to 30th September: from 9.00 to 19.00, every day – from 1st October to 31th December: from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00. Closed on Mondays, December 25th and January 1st. Timetable can be subject to variations: we suggest you to check by contacting the telephone number shown below.

CONTACT: LOCATION ‘BELVEDERE – 11025 GRESSONEY-SAINT-JEAN (AO) – Telephone: (+ 39) 125 355396 – Fax: (+39) 0125 355 397