In a particularly delightful position with an exceptionally mild climate, located 322 metres above sea level, on the left mountain slope of the Dora, it was a town of great importance during Roman times as it was a point of transit and compulsory rest on the Gaul road. Dating back to Roman times, you can still see a piece of cobbled road measuring 221 metres long and around 5 metres wide, with carriage tracks, and a characteristic Roman arch build in the I century B.C. carved in the rock, now the symbol of the town. A Roman milestone nearby indicates the XXXVI miles from Aosta.
The old district, with its sixteenth-century windows, its frescoes, walnut doors and Palazzo Enrielli (XVII century), preserves an atmosphere full of charm. The main street through the town is today accessed by crossing an ancient, medieval gateway.
There is considerable hillside terracing of the land in this area, with thriving vineyards used to produce the famous “Donnas” red wine, the first DOC wine from Valle d’Aosta, produced by the Caves Coopératives de Donnas. The second Sunday in October hosts the “Wine Festival”.
There is a traditional Wood Fair which takes place on the second last Sunday in January which is held along the main street in the medieval district. This is an event held before the more famous Fiera di Sant’Orso di Aosta and is an occasion to have an advanced sample of the great atmosphere in the chief town.
In the summer you can take relaxing walks along the Fer River or walk through the Cignas woodland, the favourite location of the Count of Cavour during his time spent in Bard when his fortress was being built. You can also take trips which vary in length, such as Col di La Cou (1,425 m), where you can see the ruins of a military fort, a trip to Mount Bo (2,026 m), a trip from Le Donnes to the Moja or Bonze mountain pastures.