Introd – other Castles

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

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

The Introd castle, surrounded by a wooded park, occupies the strategic high ground between the valleys of the rivers Valsavarenche and Rhêmes. The complex is composed of a series of buildings, erected on the internal perimeter of a polygonal masonry, joined to form an irregular ring structure.

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

At the center of the courtyard stands an ancient donjon with a covered deck.

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

Two devastating fires in the nineteenth century have destroyed much of the ancient structures. The castle was rebuilt – starting in 1910 – Chevalley architect who has made a rich and impressive neo-gothic residence.

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

Among the original items that survived the fire, in addition to the central tower, the curious and original “full kitchen hood.” Of great interest two original wooden barns, dating from the first half of the fifteenth century.

Introd Castle Ola farmhouse
Introd Castle Ola farmhouse – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

Even more remarkable is the fifteenth nearby farmhouse called the Ola, with architectural elements of great value.
The castle, still inhabited, is partially open to the public for several years.
News: summer 2012 is open to the public by guided tour only, including the donjon, a towering and panoramic tower in the center of the manor (0165 749264) Fondation Grand Paradis.

Where to stay in Introd

There are hotels, apartments, guesthouses and B&Bs available, check it out and make a reservation here.

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

Other Castles

The castles of Nus, Saint-Christophe, Chatillon, Avise, are private residences, still inhabited.
The Tour de Villa Gressan castle is still inhabited by the owners, offers two charming suites with B&B service.

St Germain Castle
St Germain Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Chenal Castle
Chenal Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The Val d’Aosta castles of Saint Germain and Chenal (Montjovet) Graines (Brusson, Val d’Ayas), Villa (Challant-Saint-Victor, Val d’Ayas), Chatel Argent (Villeneuve), Montmayeur (Avise), La Mothe (Arvier) Chatelard (La Salle) are worth a visit even if part of the ancient structures are now reduced to ruins.

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

For strategic reasons were built in high places, difficult to access, so it turn out to be very charming and scenic destinations.

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

Courtesy of Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide translation Enrico Massetti.