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Castello di Fenis, Fenis

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At the top of a grassy knoll, Castello di Fenis features limestone watchtowers that rise high above the countryside. An opulent residence for the Challant family in medieval times, the pentagonal castle is now a museum run by the Aosta Valley autonomous region. Once inside the double boundary wall, you'll enter the ground floor to see the kitchen, woodshed, rainwater storage tank, and a display of medieval weaponry. Climb the stairs to the first floor to explore the lords' rooms and the chapel, where you'll find Giacomo Jacquerio's majestic frescoes. Guided tours are only in Italian, but informative pamphlets are available in other languages. Before you visit Fenis, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • We enjoyed a guided tour of the castle. The guide was able to keep the attention of the group and gave interesting highlights. The structure is super well preserved, in particular frescos are... 
    We enjoyed a guided tour of the castle. The guide was able to keep the attention of the group and gave interesting highlights. The structure is super well preserved, in particular frescos are...  more »
  • We really enjoyed our guided tour of this castle. The rooms are still enclosed so you can imagine what it was like to actually live here 100s of years ago. Be sure and check the times of the English....  more
    We really enjoyed our guided tour of this castle. The rooms are still enclosed so you can imagine what it was like to actually live here 100s of years ago. Be sure and check the times of the English....  more »
  • We came especially to see this highly recommended castle, they told us that we need to join a guided tour and there are no English speaking tours, so we needed to cancel 
    We came especially to see this highly recommended castle, they told us that we need to join a guided tour and there are no English speaking tours, so we needed to cancel  more »
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  • Arrived as the castle was closing but the staff still gave us a quick tour around the grounds. Very kind. Beautifully situated looking into and over the valley.
  • Fénis castle is situated on the top of a small knoll unlike many other castles built for military and defense purposes. Despite its defense structure, its function was only to be the seat of the Challant family. Its design is robust but harmonious. Its pentagonal layout features corners with round towers. An exception is the south-west corner, which has a massive tower and the southern corner with a square-plan tower. The keep is enclosed in a double perimeter wall, with watchtowers linked by a walkway. The square tower offers access to the castle and the inner courtyard has a semicircular staircase and wooden balcony, decorated with exquisite frescoes.
  • This is a Mr medieval castle! The price for the tour is well worth it if you consider all the efforts it must take to continue to mantis and restore such beautiful frescos!! On valentine's day they have a deal that is buy one ticket and get a second one free. The tour guide was very passionate!
  • I loved my visit. Despite official tour being only in Italian, the guide made his best to explain most important points in English just for me as well. There are also post-notes and brochures in English as well.
  • Love it! This castle has a Great story! I recommend to visit it

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