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Fenestrelle Fortress, Fenestrelle
(4.6/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
Renowned as the biggest alpine fortification in Europe, Fenestrelle Fortress dominates the hills above Fenestrelle. Often nicknamed "The Great Wall of the Alps," this giant fortress occupies 130 hectares (320 acres) of land. Built by the House of Savoy in the late 17th century, this fortress sat at a strategic point by the French border at a time when Europe was aflame with wars of nation-building. The complex includes three major forts, ramparts, batteries, barracks, powder magazines, warehouses, kitchens, a governor's mansion, a parade ground, and a church. Due to pillaging over time, the fortress is now in a state of preservation and reconstruction: your entry fees will help with this process. Make Fenestrelle Fortress part of your personalized Fenestrelle itinerary using our Fenestrelle itinerary planner.
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  • About 1 hour away from Turin (via Pinerolo) you come to the Fort of Fenestrelle. I wouldn't bring this review the history of the Fort (on the Internet you can find all the information you need), as the quality of your visit. My wife and I decided to do the tour of 3 hours, departing at 10.00 a.m. Tickets cost € 10 each (with Museum card costs less). The visit was outstanding, with a guide really "capable"; Tales from the Fort and on populations that lived around was exciting. The walk along the "gauge" is exhausting but a must try. The sunny favored the spectacle of the valley below, allowing us to make a great photo shoot. In the end the trip inside the wall lasted more than 3.5 hours. Congratulations to guide and advice to people who have trouble walking to lose no opportunity to visit the Fort.
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  • My friend & I originally planned this trip to see what remained of the Pignerol Fortress, Exilles & Fenestrelle were really to be the side show. However, this turned out to be the highlight of the tri...  more »
  • Beautiful place with a breathtaking ... we opted for the visit from 3 hours but you can also do that from 1 hour or even the 7 ... is a climb hard but what can be seen from above is truly wonderful ... steeped in history and guides very prepared ... definitely worth seeing it
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  • A fantastic place. Very competent staff. The long visit require a whole day walking but totally worth! Landscapes are unique
  • Cannot get my mind around this place and who could have built it.
  • indescribable Majesty. I consider it useless instead some reviews on the issue "Southern". At the time of the Italian unification the so-called KINGDOM of the TWO SICILIES was a State apart, to fight for the unification. So if any soldier was taken prisoner or "deported" we may stay. It's called war. I don't think the prisoners of the Savoy State, or of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, or of LOMBARDY VENETIA have been treated better and he was given room and Board, and an umbrella at the beach. Remember especially those who have had benefits from the Union.
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  • The Europe's largest alpine fortress! Built by the Piedmontese army to defend the border by the French. An exceptional work. A must visit in one of his 3 hits. 1 hour, 3 hours or 7 hours. 3996 steps and so much history. Piedmont, a great nation in Europe to visit!
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  • Guided tour of Nice, addicting, of great historical interest and also challenging from a physical point of view, given the possible about 4000 steps in salita😀😀
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