Bard (Bar in the Valdostane patois) is the smaller village of the Aosta Valley. Place in a groove where the valley of the Dora Baltea reaches its narrowest point, and where the river makes a sharp turn, there is the rock on which stands the Bard Fortress. The fortress dominates this small village, that over the centuries it was dued to the particular conformation, a forced passage of the Roman Consular road toward France. The hamlet has the typical urban medieval asset, with buildings of the XV and XVI centuries, including the house of the Bishop, Casa Valperga, Casa Ciucca and Casa della Meridiana. Of particular elegance is the palazzo dei Nobili Nicole, recent accounts of Bard, dating back to the Sixteenth Century.
Near the fortress there is an important archaeological site with engravings and a "women's chute". In its interior it is located the main Bard Museum circuit, with expositions of multimedia museum of the Alps and the Alps of the boys. A fortress that, reborn from its ashes, now represents the main center for the dissemination of Alpine culture.
By Bard finally goes the route of the Via Francigena, coming from Arnad and Hône, after crossing the bridge on the Dora Baltea, towards Donnas and Pont-Saint-Martin.