At the gates of the Aosta Valley, where the plain meets the mountains, Arnad is considered the birthplace of lard.

Arnad, an ancient history.

Arna, Arnadi, De Arando, Arnaud, Arnaz, Arnad…

The evolution of the name of the country over the centuries speaks of a long history, which began in ancient Roman times and perhaps even before. A small big reality, which has its roots in an important tradition and which opens up to the world, today more than ever, involving the entire community in an innovative project of excellence for tourism: a commitment in constant evolution, aimed at coordinating all tourist activities and all the services of the territory to offer you the best at any time of the year. To make you discover, in a village, all the value of the Aosta Valley.

A centuries-old mountain village, where ancient secrets are handed down from generation to generation.

Located at the bottom of the valley, in an area where a small plain takes shape, the village of Arnad is still today a village where the agricultural tradition and the ancient savoir faire are the masters.


In this small mountain village, the secrets of ancient crafts are handed down from generation to generation: the knowledge of ancestors is preserved and enhanced to give the right continuity to the heritage of the past.

From the famous Lard d’Arnad DOP to the exclusive Arnad-Montjovet DOC, from the most famous climbing wall in the Alps to walks in the chestnut woods or among churches and castles,  all evidence of a great past. Nature, sport, history, genuine flavors, relaxation, family atmosphere: Arnad is all this and even more, the gateway to the Aosta Valley but also a small world to be discovered.

A few steps from the area where the event takes place are the hamlets of Costa, Prouve, Pied-de-Ville, and Ville, which is probably the oldest settlement, still present today and is located in Arnad. The construction of the “Tor dé l’Ohtà”, which attests to the presence of the Valleise family in the territory of Arnad from the end of the 13th century, is a three-story square tower which, together with the adjacent buildings built over the centuries, form a typical Fortress.

In the village of Ville, there is also the chapel dedicated to St. Anthony built on a rock, and there are also many rural houses dating back to the seventeenth century. The entire complex of hamlets has been the subject of an important redevelopment project aimed at restoring the town to its former glory; in fact, the entire road pavement with cobblestones has been restored and the urban furnishings, such as the fountains, have also been taken care of. The hamlets are now the ideal destination for a pleasant and refreshing walk.

Places to visit

Echallod bridge

The Echallod, an exemplary example of eighteenth-century architecture, is a work of stone and mortar masonry
The Echallod, an exemplary example of eighteenth-century architecture, is a work of stone and mortar masonry

St Martin’s church

Among the most significant works is the parish church dating back to the year 1000, better known as St. Martin's Church
Among the most significant works is the parish church dating back to the year 1000, better known as St. Martin's Church

Machaby Sanctuary

Close to Arnad, surrounded by chestnut woods, stands the Machaby sanctuary: a work of fourteenth-century origins, entirely rebuilt in 1687
Close to Arnad, surrounded by chestnut woods, stands the Machaby sanctuary: a work of fourteenth-century origins, entirely rebuilt in 1687

Position

Position

At the gates of the Aosta Valley.

Just 10 km from Pont-Saint-Martin and 4 km from the Fort of Bard, Arnad is one of the first towns in the Valle d’Aosta to be reached from Piedmont. Located at 375 meters above sea level, Arnad is about 40 kilometers from Aosta, 75 from Turin and 145 from Milan.

Geography

Geography

Much more than a crossing point.
Located on the banks of the Dora Baltea, it covers an area of almost 30 square kilometers and has about 1,300 inhabitants, between the main town and the villages. It has always been considered the gateway to the Aosta Valley and is the place where the plain meets the highest mountains in Europe.

Directions

Directions

Getting to Arnad is very easy:

Take the A5 Turin-Aosta-Courmayeur motorway and exit at Pont-Saint-Martin (if you are coming from Piedmont) or Verrès (if you are coming from Aosta).

Once off the motorway, drive for a few kilometers on the SS26 to reach Arnad.