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Welcome to Fort Bard.
Located in a narrow gorge above the Dora Baltea river, Fort Bard marks the entrance to the Aosta Valley.
A brief history lesson: For millennia the fort was used to control the historic route between Italy and France, often by force. One of the most significant battles took place on May 14, 1800, when a 40000-strong French army under Napoleon Bonaparte tried passing the fort to make a surprise attack on the Po Valley and Turin. The massive army was stopped by just 400 Austro-Piedmontese soldiers at Fort Bard. The army tried passing for another two weeks, but kept failing and eventually retreated. Furious about the failed plans, Bonaparte gave the order to blow up the entire castle. This time he succeeded. The castle was rebuilt 30 years later, today it’s a popular tourist destination. #nowyouknow #fortedibard #aostavalley #italy