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Castello di Fenis

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Address: | Frazione Chez Sapin, 11020 Fenis, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0165 764263
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Among the most famous of the castles in the Aosta Valley, Fenis strikes...

Among the most famous of the castles in the Aosta Valley, Fenis strikes visitors with its triumph of towers and crenellated walls. The castle sits on flat ground, which is unusual; Aimone de Challant improved it by building an impressive defensive system, which also features double curtain walls. However, more than being a fortress, the Fenis castle was a prestigious and refined residence: the courtyard and the rooms inside are rich in frescoes - the result of a decorating campaign started by Aimone’s son, Bonifacio in all likelihood. Not to miss is the famous St. George slaying the dragon by Jacquerio and his school, on the stone semicircular courtyard staircase. Many of the furnishings present, which are not original to the castle, were purchased by Alfredo d’Andrade, then Superintendent of Fine Arts, who supervised the restoration work at the end of the nineteenth century thus restoring the castle to its former glory.

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Beautiful castle

This is one of the most spectacular castle of this area. It's a must to do if you come to Valle d'Aosta with other castle like Verres, Bard, Issogne, ecc. A fantastic and magic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2016
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Barre, Vermont
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

A short drive from Aosta, Fenis is worth the drive for castle enthusiasts. We were fortunate to have an Italian speaker translate the tour guide's highlights. I think it's a definite drawback that they only provide guided tours - and only in Italian.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most spectacular castle of this area. It's a must to do if you come to Valle d'Aosta with other castle like Verres, Bard, Issogne, ecc. A fantastic and magic place where spend few days in nature and history

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Terrifically preserved and restored, with original furnishings this is the best in the Aosta valley and perhaps the best in Northern Italy. Don't miss it.

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Annemasse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

If you at all like castle, don't miss this one. The frescoes are rather unique and a must if you at all touched by such things. The visit is guided by a very friendly local, at least on our visit. If you have to wait for the next tour, take a right turn out the main door and follow the... More 

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Turin, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Very interesting, a guide is recommended, tour lasts around 30 minutes, give a great insight into the past and the history of the castle and others in the region. I expected the castle to be much bigger, even so it was an enjoyable experience for the family, three younger children seemed to like it too

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Binghamton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

If you like impressive medieval castles, this is worth the drive. It is well north of Turin in the beautiful Alps.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful location and exterior. Unfortunately we couldn't have a visit inside the castle as there were very few places left on the tours due to how busy the castle and town was. Would visit again in the future.

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The castle opens at 0930 according to the posted information, but arrive at 1015 and you're likely to be able to examine the outside walls prior to gaining entrance. But, once inside, the visit is definitely worth your having waited. The owners are renovating to castle according to what it once was. Some furnishings are authentic, but even those that... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Amazingly well preserved medieval castle! It is quite massive, awesome how much of it you get to see. A treat to see a castle furnished, really lets you step back in time! Our tour guide was so friendly, she really tried hard to help us understand even though we didn't speak Italian (we missed the last English tour.) It was... More 

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Cairo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It's in good shape Not that WOW thing But nice to see with the kids No English tour guide though, but signs and brochure can help

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