The castle in Aymavilles, Aosta Valley, opens to the public for free tours

The Castle of Aymavilles (Aosta Valley) opens its doors to the public from August 4 to 26, 2018 with guided tours.

From August 4 to 26, 2018, the castle of Aymavilles (Valle d’Aosta) will open its doors to the public as part of the site-event organized by theEducation and Culture Department of the Autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta in order to show the fruits of recent conservative interventions addressed both to the building and to the interior decorative apparatus. Restorations funded by the 2014/2020 Investment for Growth and Employment Program (ERDF), as part of the “Culture and Tourism Network for Competitiveness” project, as explained by Councillor Paolo Sammaritani.

Also according to Sammaritani: “This is an exceptional preview aimed both at the community of Aymavilles, which has been waiting for years for the reopening of its castle, and at the general public, with a view to expanding the vast cultural offer of Valle d’Aosta for the 2018 summer season, with the aim of networking with the cultural and tourist atouts of the territory.”

Started in 2013, it was, in the words of Superintendent for Cultural Heritage and Activities Roberto Domaine, “a complex restoration work carried out with a critical and at the same time bold approach to give a correct reading to the various architectural and decorative overlaps that have characterized the monument’s structures over the centuries.”

“The project,” added Domaine, “is articulated in a major operation of scenic reconstruction to make the best of the castle as a museum of itself and future museum container.”
For the mayor of Aymavilles, Loredana Petey: "the construction site event first and the opening as soon as possible of our castle constitute for our community an opportunity of economic, social and tourist revitalization of great importance: the Castle of Aymavilles is perhaps the most important of our three ’pearls’: the manor, the Pondel bridge and the church of Saint-Lèger."

During the above period, therefore, completely free accompanied tours will be held daily from 2 to 7 p.m., departing every half hour for groups of up to 25 people (last entry at 6:30 p.m.). There will be a free shuttle service, departing from the Aymavilles sports area, every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and on August 15. Reservations are not necessary.

The castle of Aymavilles was erected in the 13th century, presumably starting in 1287, on a morainic hillock sloping down toward the Dora Baltea, an ideal place to catch a glimpse of the passage into the central valley where the Via delle Gallie was developed, linking Mediolanum (today’s Milan) to Lugdunum (today’s Lyon), as well as toward the Cogne valley, where marble was quarried.

Photo by Enrico Romanzi

The castle in Aymavilles, Aosta Valley, opens to the public for free tours
The castle in Aymavilles, Aosta Valley, opens to the public for free tours

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