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Valle d'Aosta: the Impressive Fortress of Bard

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b2ap3_thumbnail_forte-di-bard-esterno_4316.jpg My friends, welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Our travel today is to one of the most spectacular Italian Regions, Aosta Valley where we will discover the  Fortress of Bard.


The Fortress is an impressive work of barrage, built to the Valle d'Aosta , in the north west of Italy.
This Savoy fortress fully occupies the strategic rocky outcrop that blocks access through the valley. 

 The current fort was built between 1830 and 1838 on the ruins of a castle destroyed in 1800 by the troops of Napoleon. 


 b2ap3_thumbnail_13112011_031.jpgThe fortress is a perfect example of military architecture of the time, possessed of powerful artillery housed in bunkers placed on different levels.

It could accommodate 416 men and had stocks to withstand a siege of three months.

We must say that this fortress was never the scene of clashes and was then preserved virtually intact!


Some numbers are enough to give you an idea of ​​the size of this bastion.

14.467 square meters, 283 rooms, 106 m altitude, 806 steps, 2.036 square meters of courtyards, 9.000 square meters of roofs, 1.295 square meters of corridors, 385 doors, 323 windows and 296 slots!


Since the end of the nineteenth century the fort gradually lost its importance war and was sent first to prison and then to military munitions depot.

Today you can visit the Fortress and the Museum of The Alpes.

 You can discover the Alpes and get to know the mountain in an interactive, multimedia and multidisciplinary journey.


It is an avant-garde museum space telling the story of a living, breathing mountain transformed in the hands of mankind.

Tradition and modern technology are fused together to take you on a voyage into time and space where the sets are brought alive through visual projections, sounds and interactive multimedia games.




It was a so exiting experience for me and my family, and I enjoyed it very much.
Will you enjoy, too?

 Leisure me, this is my tourism!



Blog posted from Forte di Bard, 11020 Bard AO, Italia View larger map



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