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Castello di Fenis, Fenis

(4.3/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
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. By using our Fenis tourist route planner, you can arrange your visit to Castello di Fenis and other attractions in Fenis.
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  • Oddly placed on a ' low rise ' to the side of the Valley as it was just a noble palace, defends himself, however, with two rounds of massive walls-has the appearance of the fairytale castle with towers and turrets of different heights (one is the cololmbaria Tower), with lights and shadows that glide and block on curves and corners, with battlements and Corbels that run everywhere-beyond the walls of rough stone appears a pretty courtyard with the wooden balconies and colorful frescoes on a stylish everywhere checkered black and white-the spacious rooms offer secchiai in stone and carved wooden furniture, blinds with three doors and chimneys (the highest in Europe), beautiful are the frescoes that adorn the Chapel and the old sayings-well worth a visit
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  • The Castle has been renovated very nicely, with the double wall with battlements, maintaining the characteristics of the time, after a period of abandonment had been used as a stable by the peasants. The entrance costs 7 Euros includes guide really prepared and available, makes you relive with her tell the story of the place and of the Challant. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • Aosta Valley is a region rich in castles, and that of Fenis is definitely one of the first to visit. Very nice and well kept both indoors and outdoors. The guided tour is very interesting and makes you appreciate what you see, and not in every detail and nuance.
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  • Very interesting place. A well-preserved castle all to enjoy: choose the guided tour, it's rather cheap and the guide is prepared and kind. The most fascinating thing is discovering how they lived back in Middle Age through the rooms and the remaining forniture.
  • Lovely castle from mideaval times. Well preserved. Guidede tour in Italian only, small posters with some English info. Missed more information on how people lived there. Walk paintings impressive.
  • This is a pretty castle close to Aosta that's worth the visit of you're in the vicinity. It's quite small, but there are interesting guided tours and the frescos are worth a look.
  • You MUST take a guided tour, you cannot explore on your own and you must wait for a tour start that isn't fully booked (we had to wait longer than the total length of the tour).
  • Splendido, ben tenuto, brave le guide