Castello di Fénis

Castello di Fénis, Fenis: Hours, Address, Castello di Fénis Reviews: 4.5/5

Castello di Fénis
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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Lin D
Royston, UK535 contributions
Couples
Very interesting and perfectly formed castle with fascinating frescoes and decor inside, particularly in the courtyard. Can only be visited as part of a guided tour which is only available in Italian. Entry is 7 euros, well worth it because it has so many unique elements. It is a bit of a trek up from the main car park (a 10-12 minute climb uphill).
Written May 22, 2022
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Linda C
Cape Town, South Africa111 contributions
While in the Aosta area, we visited this beautiful castle. The tour however was only in Italian but we went along anyway. It has been beautiful restored with amazing frescoes in the chapel. There are English note/guides in all the rooms, so you can understand what the rooms were used for. Lovely fresco of St George slaying the dragon. Enjoyed the visit.
Written July 12, 2022
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venividimagno
Singapore, Singapore198 contributions
Business
We enjoyed a guided tour of the castle. The guide was able to keep the attention of the group and gave interesting highlights. The structure is super well preserved, in particular frescos are admirable. A must to visit if you are in Fenis
Written February 16, 2020
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jschel2018
Switzerland243 contributions
Couples
This beautiful castle can only be visited with a guided tour. The tour is in Italian only. In about 30 minutes, you are quickly whisked through the castle. Beautiful rooms with frescos and in the rooms explanations are given on signs in Italian, French and English.
Entrance fee €7,- per person
Written June 22, 2022
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KemikOjstra
Maribor, Slovenia1,387 contributions
Solo
This castle is surely very nice outside and inside, maybe even the best castle in the enchanting Aosta Valley. It is a very great historical addition to the visit of the Ancient Roman city of Aosta, this time to feel the Medieval classic times. The castle is like a strong fortress with many towers outside and you can see some nice frescoes and wall-paintings inside. However, I think that this castle is not the best organized because you can visit the interior only as a part of a guiding tour (I had to wait 45 minutes for it) and this tour is (maybe with the exception from larger announced groups) only in the Italian language, therefore people who don't speak Italian can't understand the guide and can only read inscriptions beside. So this attraction is surely very nice and inspiring but there can be some improvements in the future if owners take an interest here.
Written August 15, 2017
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Oradea-mary
Oradea121 contributions
Friends
we were visiting Italy with a group of 50. we wanted to visit Fenis castle. They said no need of reservation for groups, just a phone call a day before. we called them, they hardly speak foreign languages, except italian and a very basic french. finaly we understood that we will be split into 2 groups of 25 each and the admission charge for groups is 3,5o euros/person. visits start at 9:00.
When we arrived next day, it was a heavy rain. we parked the bus, climbed to the castle and entered. the first reaction of the man at the office window was to shout to us "get out".... when we asked why, he said we are not allowed to stay and wait inside, only outside. insude there was a covered part we wanted to wait there. he continued to shout to us that we hace to go outside. he said that half of the group will go in in 10 minutes, the other 25 will wait half an hour outside in the rain. when we asked if we can wait under the cover he said no !!! so some of us left. in the meentime he allowed 3 persons to buy their ticket and wait so we were alowed only to be 23 so he did not want to charge group ticket because we were not 25 anymore !!! finaly he agreed the group charge. all this discussions were held with difficulty as they did not speak english or german as our guide asked previously. the guide spoke only italian, we tried to understand and our guid tried to translate. Inside was nothing spectacular (from outside it is nice), a lot of empty rooms, some old furniture, some wepons. no photos are alowed.
so i do not suggest the visit of this attraction. they are very unpolite, not professionals at all !!!!
Written July 22, 2013
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Grivola
Ottawa, Canada610 contributions
Friends
There are lots of castles and towers in Valle d'Aosta but this is a first rate medieval castle. The tours are in Italian but sometimes the guides speak French or a little English. Well worth the tour to get a feel for what life might have been like centuries ago for the feudal lords and their families. The place has been well restored since it was last inhabited. Apparently local farmers used the place for their cattle and fodder up until a few decades ago. There are original paintings both in the chapel and the main foyer. I always bring visitors to Fenis when they come to visit Aosta for the first time.
Written January 18, 2012
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Amnon F
Tel Aviv District, Israel831 contributions
We came especially to see this highly recommended castle, they told us that we need to join a guided tour and there are no English speaking tours, so we needed to cancel
Written October 9, 2019
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DetroitSunlover
Detroit54 contributions
Friends
I visited on a beautiful sunny day. Great place for a picnic on the bench on the grounds. Tour was available in Italian only, but there is a hand out in English and there are explanatory panels in each room in Italian, French, and English. You cannot enter the interior without a guide but the entry fee was low. Nice frescoes inside particularly in the courtyard and chapel. The exterior of the castle is very impressive. Good photo opportunities.
Written April 1, 2012
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CathCPerth
Yokohama, Japan262 contributions
Friends
Fenis castle near the Valle D'Aosta is a small dark and brooding castle on the outside which is well preserved however it's interior is what makes it truly special. Entering the interior of the castle is an amazingly impressive wooden staircase and entry with carved wood and beautiful frescoes adorning the entire walls. Unfortunately no photos allowed inside! all of the rooms are decked out with furniture from the period to fully recreate what life would have been like in medieval times. the fireplace in the main kitchen was so large- it was designed to cook and smoke a whole cow. The architect of this castle cleverly slanted the stone window sills so used water could easily be disposed of outside without having to open the windows and risk being vulnerable.
The castle also had it's own chapel which was also adorned with beautiful frescoes which included portraits of the family who lived in the castle.
I would highly recommend this castle because it is so well preserved and fully furnished and it's wooden entry with frescoes is such a surprise.
Written October 3, 2011
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