• Stage 4

    Donnas - Arnad

    Cammino Balteo

Donnas - Arnad

Resorts: Arnad, Donnas

An unusual stage, in search of the Napoleonic fortifications scattered between the Col de La Cou and Machaby. From here, after a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Snows, the path descends through a chestnut forest to Arnad, guarded by the two Vallaise castles; visitors are greeted by the lovely Romanesque church of San Martino.

Technical Information

Route

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 dating from his attack and siege of Fort Bard. From here a magnificent view can be enjoyed towards Mont Avic and the peaks of Champorcher.

After passing the Arbénaz fortifications, the trail reaches the Fort of Machaby, today converted into a modern restaurant. From here the route arrives at the famous Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows, surrounded by chestnut woods. The decent continues until the village of Arnad comes into view, with the pink bulk of the Vallaise castle (currently being restored). Worth a visit is the delightful historic centre, with its towers and fortified houses, embellished by the splendid Romanesque church of San Martino, one of the Aosta Valley’s best-loved and most photographed churches.

Duration going there

5h20

Duration coming back

5h00

Length

12.490 m

Recommended times

from 01/05 to 31/10

Difficulties

E - Excursionist

Difference in level

+1101 m -1070 m