Fortress of Bard
The ticket office closes 45 minutes before the fortress’s closing time.
- Tuesdays to Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Alps Museum:
open following the Fortress timetable
Il Ferdinando, fortresses and frontiers Museum:
open following the Fortress timetable
The Fortress’ Prisons:
- Tuesdays to Fridays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Children’s Alps:
open on Sunday with guided shift at 15.30 on reservation and directly at the ticket office (max 25 pax)
On weekdays open only for groups, on reservation by calling (+39) 0125 833818
Exhibition “The titanic mountain of Renato Chabod”
Open from 29 July to 10 January 2021 following Fortress’ timetable
Exhibition “L’adieu des glaciers. Monte Rosa: photographic and scientific research”
Open from 1 August 2020 to 6 January 2021 following Fortress’ timetable
Exhibition “Across the Alps: a photographic account of the transformations of the Alpine landscape”
Open from 19th September to 1st November 2020 following Fortress’ timetable
Exhibition “Le sommet de l’artisanat valdôtain de tradition.”
Open from 4 October to 1 November 2020 following Fortress’ timetable
Opening times are subject to variations: we advice to verify them on the web site reported in the “Contact” area.
• The Caffetteria di Gola is open to the public
• The ticket office is open but it is recommended to use the online sales channels
The ticket includes an exhibition space of your choice (this ticket not includes the exhibition I Macchiaioli. Una rivoluzione en plein air which has a different price)
Adults € 8.00
Reduced (children 6-18 years, over 65 years) € 7.00
Students on school trip € 5.00
. 2 exhibitions (or museums) of your choice: € 15.00
. Fort All-inclusive (all the museums + all the exhibitions): € 24.00
. Fort All-inclusive for Families: € 60.00
(this ticket gives access for 2 adults and 2 or 3 children aged between 6 and 18)
Reduced entrance-fee for:
- visitors between 6 and 18 and > 65 years
- university students.
Free admission for:
- < 5 years
- disabled visitors
- tourist guides and journalists on duty and provided with professional card.
Late Ticket fee: access to all the fortress rooms at special prices just before the closing time.
For special reductions (groups, families, schools, conventions), guided visits and combined tickets for visiting different spaces, please contact the Fortress’ ticket office.
• access to the Fort from the medieval village through an easy panoramic walk outside. The disabled and their companions, people with walking difficulties and families with pushchairs can use the panoramic elevators.
• visitors can access the Fort only by wearing a mask – everyone is informed of the rules of conduct and the paths to follow
• disinfectant gel available at entrances and at strategic points
• routes and distances are marked
• a thermoscanner at the entrance detects the visitors’ temperature and the presence of the mask
• the ticket offices are open but we invite you to purchase tickets online on the fortedibard.it website
Already during Theodoric’s reign (early 6th century A.D), sixty armed soldiers were garrisoned to defend the “Clausuræ Augustanæ” (a defence system set up to protect the borders of the Empire) in Bard.
In 1034, it was described as “inexpugnabile oppidum”, in one of the oldest references to a castle in Valle d’Aosta. The Savoys became the Lords of Bard in 1242, with Amadeus IV, driven by the insistence of the local inhabitants, who were tired of the abuse of power by Hugh of Bard, who exploited the position of his castle to levy heavy duties on travellers and merchants.
From that time on, the castle was always controlled by the Savoys, who held a garrison there. In 1661, the armies from other fortresses in Aosta Valley, including Verrès and Montjovet, converged in Bard.
The castle took on renewed importance with the passage of the French army in 1704 and particularly in May 1800 on the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte, who found a garrison of 400 Austrian men within the fortress. The defence structures of the fortress were so efficient that Napoleon’s army took about two weeks to overcome the Austrian defences, eventually succeeding thanks to cunning tactics. The fortress was then dismantled by Napoleon, to avoid further problems.
The current appearance of the fort is the result of reconstruction work commissioned by Carlo Felice, at the height of the Restoration, which, from 1830 onwards, turned it into one of the largest military structures in the Aosta Valley. The fortress began to deteriorate at the end of the nineteenth century. It was used as a prison and then as a weapons depot. It was decommissioned in 1975 from military state property and was purchased by the Aosta Valley regional authority in 1990.
Completely renewed in 2006, the fortress hosts the Museum of the Alps, the Children’s Alps (temporarily closed), the “Prisons*, the Fortresses and Frontiers Museum, as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions.