Trip Planner: Europe / Italy / Piedmont / Province of Turin / Fenestrelle / Historic Sites / Fenestrelle Fortress
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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Spettacolare, imponente, 1.300.000 metri quadrati; purtroppo eravamo di passaggio e l'abbiamo visitato in modo superficiale, ritorneremo, merita sicuramente di essere visitato in modo più approfondito... more »Spectacular, impressive, 1,300,000 square meters; Unfortunately we were passing and we visited in a superficial way, go back, definitely deserves to be visited in more detail; There are 3 types of views, from 1.3 and 6 hours.
Splendido forte arroccato sulla montagna. Abbiamo fatto la visita guidata che dura quasi tutta la giornata e la guida ci ha portato fino alla sommità del forte in varie tappe spiegandoci con precision... more »Beautiful Fort perched on the mountain. We took a guided tour that lasts almost the whole day and the Guide took us to the top of the Fort at various stages explaining the history and anecdotes of this place.
Consiglio visita da 3 ore con la guida. Il signor ashleigh é molto simpatico. Molto interessante la fortezza e panorami stupendi da fotografare more »Council visit from 3 hours driving. Mr. ashleigh is very personable. Very interesting the fortress and beautiful landscapes to photograph
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.
Luisa finettiindescribable 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.
Davide CavallottoThe 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!
Leonardo LeggeGuided 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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