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Forte Di Exilles, Exilles

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  • Impressive wall along the mountains. Be carefull to check the hours of the guided tours before coming. One of the best kept secrets of the North of Italy  more »
  • We had put this fortress on the "maybe good to do" list on our way to Fenestrelle Fortress. Circumstance changed our route of travel & brought us to Exilles on the last week of it opening for the seas...  more »
  • Absolutely to be seen. The castle has good guides in some foreign languages, and it take more than an hour to visit. From there you have a beautiful view to the Susa Valley.  more »
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  • Its a perfectly nice place to visit however when we went every single thing was shut and apart from the actual fort itself there isn't much to look at
  • Just do yourself a favour, and visit this place!
  • Is one of the most important defensive systems of Piedmont, along with the fortress of Fenestrelle, which was used to ups and downs by both the Savoy and both by the French. Its location in the middle of a narrow passage of the Valley in fact made him a threat to both the armies that came down from the upper part of the Valley which for those traveling up from the valley floor. Over the centuries many legends were born around the Fort, but perhaps the most famous of all is the one concerning a mysterious character locked therein (the building also served as prison) between 1681 and 1687. According to tradition, it could be identified with the "iron mask", a character whose identity is still not known. The first to raise the problem it was Voltaire who, during his brief stay in prison the Bastille (1717), learned of the existence of this mysterious character whose face was always covered with a velvet mask and was always well treated by some guards who had been responsible for his surveillance; Voltaire became fascinated by its history, researching that he published in a book. The iron mask to Exilles is also documented by correspondence, survived until our days, between the then French Minister of war and the Governor of the square, where the man in the iron mask lived before Exilles and from where the Governor himself oversaw the transfer to Exilles.
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  • Nice to see. One part is free and you can visit on your own. Others are chargeable with a guided tour. Luckily they put the elevator to go up to the Fort.
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  • Gorgeous as always, party of Bussoleno always cycling, MTB, destination next time
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