This is an excerpt from the book “Aosta Valley Itineraries”.
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.
At the center of the courtyard stands an ancient donjon with a covered deck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For strategic reasons were built in high places, difficult to access, so it turn out to be very charming and scenic destinations.
Courtesy of Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide translation Enrico Massetti.