Aymavilles – Saint-Pierre – Sarre

This is an excerpt from the book “Aosta Valley Itineraries”.

Aymaville Castle
Aymaville Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The castle of Aymavilles, at the Cogne Valley, is one of the most original and interesting of the region. Its renovation exterior and a first phase of archaeological research, further studies are currently underway and delicate domestic actions.

The castle, first documented in 1207, was originally formed by a primitive three-story tower, surrounded by a city wall. At the beginning of the fourteenth century Aimone of Challant build a second wall and expands the donjon. The son Amedeo arming the castle of four cylindrical towers at the corners of the tower, making it a stately home as well as a defensive building. In the first quarter of the eighteenth century the castle reaches its present form with the addition of galleries while the internal restructuring will continue until the twentieth century.

Fundamental was the importance of outdoor park with fountains and stairways that incorporate beautifully the scenery building.

Sarriod St. Pierre Castle - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Sarriod St. Pierre Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

Sarriod de la Tour Saint-Pierre

The castle Sarriod de la Tour Saint-Pierre is an interesting and complex manor, transformed and expanded several times over the centuries. Around an ancient donjon surrounded by a wall, you are leaning over time other buildings and towers to create a set of atmosphere. The tour includes the chapel decorated with frescoes by the thirteenth century, the viret (spiral staircase), the 400 and the famous “hall of heads.”


Sarriod St. Pierre Castle - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Sarriod St. Pierre Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The latter is particularly interesting for the 171 shelves that hold up the ceiling panels. These shelves, carved in the second quarter of the fifteenth century, anticipating the themes and style of the wooden stalls of the Cathedral and Sant’Orso. There are fantastic or grotesque figures depicted, some quite bawdy, which are a splendid example of the iconography late Gothic.

Where to stay in Saint Pierre

There are high quality hotels, apartments, condo hotels and B&Bs available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Sarre Castle
Sarre Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

Castle of Sarre

The castle of Sarre, sabuada home in Valle d’AostaIl Sarre castle of ancient origins, was chosen by King Vittorio Emanuele II as a “pied à terre” for his hunting expeditions in Valle d’Aosta. Transformed by his son Umberto I, who ordered the construction of the famous “hall of horns”, was attended assiduously by the principles Umberto II and his wife Maria José. Remained the residence of the Savoy until the exile.

Sala Corna Sarre Castle - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Sala Corna Sarre Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The current display highlights related to hunting and the use of the House of Savoy and the residential function. On the upper floors some local original furnishings of ‘900 and exhibit portraits of court artists as well as many works owned by the Kings of Italy.

Where to stay in Sarre

There are high quality hotels, apartments, condo hotels and villas available, check them out and make a reservation here.