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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 09:00 - 19:00
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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The middle age dreamed castle

Long cue to get the ticket to visit the castle 2 hs later. We spent this time visiting the other museum of handicraft (nice too). The visit is with a guide (not sure they do in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Murals are interesting, the furniture as they explain was gathered afterwards from different regions so isn't authentic. If you don't mind being forced to take the Italian tour and are in the area it certainly is a photogenic chateau.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Long cue to get the ticket to visit the castle 2 hs later. We spent this time visiting the other museum of handicraft (nice too). The visit is with a guide (not sure they do in foreign language) very professional, the visit take 40' and starts every 15'

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We were fortunate enough to get there a bit later in the day - so the sun was casting a gorgeous glow on the castle and surrounding mountains. We drove here straight from landing at Milan Malpensa airport on our way to Chamonix. It is an easy stopping point off the highway and a great way to break up the... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

From outside look very interesting but from inside is just average castle nothing special. Ticket is 3.5€ and its take about 1h to make tour

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Our goal for the trip to Aosta Valley was to visit few castles that are very distinguished from similar places in Central Italy. The castle is situated in the very attractive mountain area and has a very impressive look from outside. Very old structures (since 12th century) are beatifully preserved, and rooms are decorated according to that time. The frescoes... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

The castle or fortress is very impressive from the outside with its multitude of towers and last but not least its setting on top of a hill. It is the most spectacular castle in the area from the outside. The inside and tour we found less impressive, although there are a few nice frescos and rooms, but it gives you... More 

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Barre, Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 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 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 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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