The geography/environmental context of Courmayeur and the Valle d'Aosta has played a key role in the history of this northern Italian Alpine region.
The notable presence of mountains and highlands has over the centuries influenced the way the land has been settled and consequently the construction of numerous defensive castles.
Castello di Fènis, Castello di Sarre, Castello Sarriod de la Tour, Castello d'Introd, and Castello Avise are particularly spectacular and opulent, while the imposing Forte di Bard is an imposing historic monumental complex which now houses a museum.
Take a journey back in time along one of the many historical-cultural routes and discover the castles of the Valle d’Aosta.
Built as a residence for the Challant family, the castle is a little over half an hour from Courmayeur Mont Blanc.
The castle is in the hamlet of Lalex, on the road to Mont Blanc, and dates back to 1710. It was acquired by the King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, in the mid-19th century.
In an enchanting position above the river Dora Baltea in Saint Pierre, the castle is surrounded by a curtain wall and fruit orchards ablaze with colourful blossoms in the spring.
With an unusual polygonal, almost round, structure, this is a perfect example of a late Medieval Valle d’Aosta construction.
Located in the village of Avise, the castle is conspicuous for its impressive tower.
A fine example of a typical 19th century fortress, the Forte di Bard is at once striking and majestic. It houses the Museum of the Alps and often holds temporary art and photography exhibitions.
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