Villages, castles, and forts
Hotel Crabun is an ideal base for visiting some of the most charming villages, castles, and forts in the region. Located in Pont-Saint-Martin, the hotel offers visitors the opportunity to explore the rich history and culture of Aosta Valley.
One of the most picturesque places in the area is undoubtedly the Castle of Fénis, just a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Built in the 14th century, the castle is one of the best-preserved in the Aosta Valley and is famous for its battlement towers and numerous frescoed halls. A visit to the Castle of Fénis offers a unique opportunity to discover the medieval life and culture of the region.
The Castle of Issogne is another place of great interest located about a 16-minute drive from Hotel Crabun. This castle dates back to the 15th century and was built at the request of the French nobleman George of Challant. The Castle of Issogne features a very distinctive architecture, with a mix of medieval and Renaissance styles. Inside, visitors can admire magnificent frescoed halls, courtyards, and an Italian garden.
The Savoy Castle of Gressoney, on the other hand, is located in the Lys Valley, about a 35-minute drive from the hotel. This castle was built at the end of the 19th century by order of the Italian royal family, the House of Savoy. The Gressoney Castle showcases a neo-medieval architectural style and houses precious furnishings, artworks, and an important collection of ancient weapons. This castle offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the romantic era of the Savoys and admire one of the most significant examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Italy.
Another place of great interest is the Forte di Bard, just a 10-minute drive from the hotel, an architectural masterpiece built on the ruins of an ancient castle, situated in a panoramic position that offers a spectacular view of the Alps in the lower Aosta Valley. Inside, you will find museums, contemporary art exhibitions, and a wide range of activities for all tastes.
For those who love charming villages, a visit to Bard is a must. This medieval village has recently been restored and offers a unique atmosphere with its stone streets and ancient wooden houses. Bard also houses the Museum of the Mountain, which showcases the fauna and flora of the Alps and mountaineering techniques.
Furthermore, the Aosta Valley is renowned for its unique and authentic cuisine. There are numerous typical restaurants in the villages that offer dishes made with local products such as fontina cheese, Arnad lard, Bosses ham, and Valdostan meat. Having lunch or dinner in one of the typical restaurants of the Aosta Valley, accompanied by renowned local wines, is an unforgettable culinary experience that will enrich your journey of discovering this wonderful region.
Lastly, one cannot talk about Pont-Saint-Martin without mentioning its famous Carnival. This traditional celebration takes place every year in February and attracts visitors from all over the region. During the Carnival, the historic center of Pont-Saint-Martin turns into an open-air theater with parades, brass bands, and dances. The Carnival of Pont-Saint-Martin is a unique opportunity to experience the traditions and culture of the Aosta Valley and create unforgettable memories.
In summary, Hotel Crabun offers visitors the opportunity to discover some of the hidden gems of the Aosta Valley. With its ideal location and welcoming atmosphere, the hotel is the perfect starting point to explore the villages, castles, and forts of the region and immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Aosta Valley.
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