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Review of Forte di Bard

Forte di Bard
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Bard
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Owner description: 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).
Reviewed June 17, 2014

Forte di Bard looks impressive from the motorway, but up close it is even bigger. The 4 funiculars take you up to the top and the top floors host the museum of the Alps. it is a modern museum with computer displays, projections on the walls, but also has historic stuff like old buildings, equipment used for climbing before the modern age etc.

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Reviewed March 27, 2014

My husband and I took our two grandchildren, ages 5 and 6, to the Forte de Bard for the day. We live in Switzerland and the drive took almost two hours - and it was well worth it ! We have a sort of history project going on with the children and are visiting as many local castles as we can, and keeping records of each visit. When the lady at the reception heard this she gave us lots of brochures both on the castle and the Val d'Aoste which we all appreciated. And doubtless we shall be visiting some of the other 23 castles in the region soon.

The children loved the outside lifts - they are used to télécabines but thought that an outside lift with a view which was also attached to a castle was magic - and they absolutely loved the two exhibitions we paid entrance fees for which were the Prisons and the Alpine Museum. The "Prisons" isn't so much about a prison but more the history of the castle and there is a very imaginative film showing how it grew from Roman times to today. The Alpine Museum is extremely well done and captured the attention of two small people (and two big!) for an hour. Of course we all live in the Alps but nonetheless we learnt a lot from it.

You can take the lifts up and down free of charge. You pay for entrance to whichever exhibition you choose.

The staff of the museum are incredibly nice. A lady at the ticket booth suggested that we only visit the prisons and the Alpine Museum. I had asked for a ticket to cover everything and she thought that perhaps the art exhibition might not be so interesting for the children. I appreciated her candour - and she saved me money. Being in the Val d'Aoste all the staff speak French but many also spoke very good English.

My only criticism of the museum was that it was somewhat hard to find the entrance to the Alpine Museum when leaving the Prisons. But a staff member walked us in the right direction.

Sadly the Children's Museum was not open to individual visitors. It is on weekends and in the summer so next time we will plan better.

We had a "sort of" lunch at the bar. There is a nice looking restaurant there but we only want a snack. The food at the bar is really not very good. The "toasts" - ham and cheese toasted sandwiches - were OK but the little pizzas that the children chose were not. My granddaughter said "yuck!" and when I tried it, I agreed! The man serving there was very nice - only spoke Italian I think but that wasn't a problem for us. It might be for others. The "Bourg" of Bard which is easily accessible from the first lift offers far more in the way of food and drink and next time we will go there.

There is on-site parking (3 levels) at the castle. However I found the ramp between levels to be extremely narrow and overly steep. You enter on the middle level which fills up first so I recommend an early morning visit if possible so you do not have to negotiate the ramps!

The Forte de Bard is really worth a visit and is extremely educational. We loved it!

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Reviewed February 22, 2014

Visited Forte di Bard on the way from the mountains to Malpensa. Have seen the fort many times before as it can be easily spotted from the highway A5. Easy access by car and multiple lifts. Visited the Alpine and photography exhibitions, but you can visit the place even free of charge and take photos to the valley until the ticket office at the top of the fort.

Thank angrybird40
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

In the Middle Ages anyone going into and out of the Aosta Valley passed through Bard and its wonderful to see how a Fort like this and its predecessors completely dominated all of this traffic. Now a lot of money has been spent on this facility. The location is impressive, the glass lifts give great views. I suspect though that the staff have now turned the whole thing around to suit themselves. Most of the attraction was closed and there were at least 60 people in the ticket office with two people handling tickets and explaining why the different parts were closed. We gave up and walked down the five levels. A walk which was very interesting thanks to the notice boards at many points explaining the history, architecture, geology and location of a fascinating fort.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

The Bastion of Bart is something of huge:

the location creates something of Majestic around this massive architecture.
It's extremely fascinating, but the interior is modern: the bastion is used like art gallery, not always related to the castle life. Be always careful in case of congress.

It's just my point of view, but it's a shame that the interior have been modernized.

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