Situated 381 metres above sea level, this quiet and picturesque town is narrowly placed between the rock on which the famous Forte sits and the mountain at the start of Valle di Champorcher.
Due to its strategic position, it has always been a bulwark against invasions and was therefore fortified in ancient times.
The medieval district is perhaps the most important in the valley: it is a small gem with buildings joined together by arches, with mullioned and cross windows.
The fort that dominates the town, whose origins date back to medieval times (1034), is the most impressive building in Valle d’Aosta military architecture and was built where the Salassi and Romans had already built their fortifications. In 1241 it was handed over by the Lords of Bard to the Counts of Savoy, who since then ruled the domain.
The fort is linked to Napoleon’s passage and Camillo Benso di Cavour’s stay in the area and, after careful restoration, now hosts the Alpine Museum and (elaborate)
There is an important geosite overlooking the Bard district, featuring ?marmitte dei giganti (or giant pots)?, which are cavities formed in the rock due to the erosive force of the sub-glacial waters. This area also hosts rock incisions dating back to the Iron Age.
There are two ancient paths leading to Albard di Bard and Albard di Donnas which allow you to see the district and the fort from unusual views.