• Note dal Cammino Balteo


Note dal Cammino Balteo

Resorts: Arnad, Bard, Donnas, Issogne, Verrès

15 April 2023 - 16 April 2023


A weekend to discover stages 4, 22 and 23 of the Cammino Balteo, accompanied by a hiking and naturalistic guide, enjoying the landscape, the extraordinary opening with a guided tour of cultural sites normally closed to the public and a free concert on Saturday afternoon in the splendid setting of the garden of Château Vallaise, open and visitable for the event!


Saturday 15 April:

  • Route 1 (easy) Verres-Arnad
    Length: 4.2km; Altitude difference:115 m (ascent) 16 m (descent)
  • Route 2 (more challenging) Donnas- Arnad
    Length: 12.5km; Altitude difference:1100 m (ascent) 985 m (descent)
    Both routes end at Château Vallaise with the guided tour of the castle and the free concert

Sunday 16 April: Arnad-Donnas
Length: 8.8km; Altitude difference:133 m (ascent) 206 m (descent)


  • Saturday 15 April Route 1: Saint Gilles provost in Verres, Saint Suaire chapel in Issogne, Château Vallaise in Arnad.
  • Saturday 15 April Route 2: terraced vineyards, splendid panoramic views of the valley floor and the Fortress of Bard, Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Snows Machaby (Arnad), Château Vallaise (Arnad).
  • Sunday 16 April: medieval village of Bard, fortress of Bard, Roman arch and village of Donnas.

Concert Quintetto Bislacco (violin, viola, cello, double bass, mandolin/guitar)

• accompaniment along the route with a hiking and naturalistic guide (€ 20.00 per person per day)
free guided visits to extraordinarily open sites
free concert at Château Vallaise
• lunch on Saturday 15/4: €17.00/22.00 (route 1); €10.00 (take-away lunch) route 2
• lunch Sunday 16/4: free in the village of Bard/Hône
free luggage transport and transfer services to return to your car
• overnight stay in Arnad at the resort’s accommodation facilities

To book the experience fill out our FORM indicating your itinerary and duration preferences (2 days/1 day only).
Our Pont-Saint-Martin Tourist Office will take care of your reservation and will assist you in choosing and booking the accommodation.

PLEASE NOTE: proposal with limited numbers and reservation required. Precedence is granted to those who book the two days with an overnight stay.

  • guide accompaniment along the route: € 20.00 per person per day
  • lunch 15 April: ROUTE 1: €17.00 (Snack Menu) or €22.00 (Tasting Menu) – wine and drinks not included - La Kiuva Restaurant
  • lunch 15 April: ROUTE 2: € 10.00 (takeaway picked up in Donnas)
  • lunch 16 April: free in the medieval village of Bard or in the nearby municipality of Hône (reachable on foot)
  • overnight stay in Arnad: from €40.00 to €50.00 per person per night in a double room on bed and breakfast basis. Dinner not included
  • guided tours and concert: free
  • luggage transport and transfers: free

Saturday 15 April

ROUTE 1: (easy)

  • Departure: 9:00 from Verres (parking in front of the Town Hall of Verrès)
  • Cultural visits along the way: Provostura Saint Gilles (Verres), Chapel Saint Suaire (Issogne), church of San Martino (Arnad), Château Vallaise (Arnad)
  • Lunch: 1.00 pm at La Kiuva Restaurant
  • Visit Château Vallaise (Arnad): 3.30pm before the concert
  • Concert: Quintetto Bislacco 4.30 pm

ROUTE 2: (more challenging)

  • Departure: 8.30 am from Donnas (Donnas library parking area)
  • Cultural visits along the way: Our Lady of the Snows Sanctuary in Machaby (Arnad), Château Vallaise (Arnad).
  • Lunch: takeaway picked up in Donnas (€. 10.00/each.)
  • Concert: Quintetto Bislacco 4.30 pm (Château Vallaise)
  • Visit Château Vallaise (Arnad): 5.30pm after the concert

Overnight stay in Arnad and surroundings: possible accommodations in 2-star hotels and in guest houses and bed & breakfasts (for a fee)
Eventual (for those who participate on Saturday only): 6.30 pm transfer to Verres and Donnas

Sunday 16 April: stages 22-23

  • Departure: 8:30 am from Arnad (in front of the Church of San Martino)
  • Cultural visits along the way: Medieval village of Bard, Forte di Bard (optional, entrance fee € 8.00), Roman arch, Medieval village of Donnas
  • Lunch: free at 12:00/12:30 am in the village of Bard or at the Fortress or in the immediate vicinity of the municipality of Hône (reachable on foot)
  • Shuttle to return to Verrès (route 1): 4.30 pm from Donnas

See also

Cammino Balteo
Shrine of the Madonna della Neve of Machaby Stage 4

Donnas - Arnad

** Valle d'Aosta **

From the village of Donnas the route climbs the rocky ridge again, towards the village of Albard. From here it continues to climb towards the sunny meadows of the Col de La Cou, where it is still possible to see the remains of Napoleon’s fortifications …