Arnad

The town of Arnad’s fame undoubtedly stems from its unmistakable lard and D.O.C. wine that it shares with Montjovet and is located in an area where the Valley widens, forming a small plain at a height of 375 metres. This town has held onto its farming vocation, while flanking it with fairly significant industrial activities.
The parish church of San Martino is well known as a small Romanesque gem. It is a very interesting building from an architectural and artistic point of view.
At the start of the XI century, a small pre-Romanesque basilica probably stood on the site of the present day parish church that subsequently underwent work and was transformed into the structure it is today.
The facade dates back to the end of the XV century while its windows are slender single lancet. The garret in the left nave is decorated with an interesting cycle of late-Gothic frescoes.
Even the Madonna delle Nevi Sanctuary, hidden behind chestnut trees in the Machaby Valley, is just 3 kilometres from Arnad and is extremely old. Some statues sculpted in soapstone are on display in the square in front of it. Also worth a mention is the Echallod Bridge, built entirely of stone and dating back to Medieval times as well as the three castles that keep an eye on the town from the surrounding plateaus.
To the west of the town, just a little way out of the centre, there is a large rock face, greatly enjoyed and used by the many lovers of free-climbing.
Arnad is rightly famous for its production of “Lard d’Arnad”, delicious, fragrant cured meat that has been honoured with the D.O.P. (Denomination of Protected Origin) label at European level and is seasoned with salt, spices and mountain aromas: no platter of typical Valle d’Aosta starters is ever without it and is often accompanied by lukewarm buttered chestnuts.
For almost thirty years now the “Lard Festival” has been held on the last Sunday in August. It is an occasion for producers to display and offer tastings of their family produced lard.

 
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