Pont-Saint-Martin allows you the opportunity to spend a few pleasant hours in the open air, surrounded by greenery, hundred year old chestnut and birch trees in Bousc Daré, or in the public gardens on the banks of the river Lys.
Also worth mentioning are the excursions to Suzey (Ivery) where you will find the ruins of an ancient castle and the Nature Reserve in the oley pools, as well as Monte Parassone (1799 m) from where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the entire central valley.
it is an important construction representing the ancient consular road of the Gauls that passed through here. 23 metres high, 5 metres wide with a single stone span, it was the only route for travellers heading to the Valley until 1831.
Legend has it that the bridge was built by the devil, ably duped by San Martino.
Pont-Saint-Martin, already owned by the Saint-Martin lords from the Bard dynasty, from where the name comes from, later passed into the hands of the Savoy household.
The view is delightfully dominated by the remains of an ancient feudal church built on the wishes of the Bard lords, dating back to 1200 and positioned on high ground at the entrance to the Gressoney Valley.
The traditional carnival of Pont-Saint-Martin, the oldest in the region as it has completed its 97th edition, displays different local historical figures: classic is the representation of the chariot race, or the parade with historical figures in period dress, who ride through the old town centre on horseback. The finale takes place on Tuesday evening with the devil’s pyre under the bridge.
The Pont-Saint-Martin bridge
The Pont-Saint-Martin is a Roman segmental arch bridge in the Aosta Valley in Italy dating to the 1st century BC.
The span is 31.4 metres (103 ft) according to recent research, but frequently stated to be 35.64 m or 36.65 m.
Other extant Roman bridges in the Aosta valley include the Pont d’Aël in the Cogne Valley and the Pont de Pierre in Aosta.