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“This small castle packs a punch on the inside”
Review of Castello di Fenis

Castello di Fenis
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Fenis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 3, 2011

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.

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