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Verres Castle, Verres

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Verrès Castle is a fortified 14th-century castle in Verrès, in the lower Aosta Valley, in north-western Italy. It has been called one of the most impressive buildings from the Middle Ages in the area. Built as a military fortress by Yblet de Challant in the fourteenth century, it was one of the first examples of a castle constructed as a single structure rather than as a series of buildings enclosed in a circuit wall. The castle stands on a rocky promonitory on the opposite side of the Dora Baltea from Issogne Castle. The castle dominates the town of Verrès and the access to the Val d'Ayas. From the outside it looks like an austere cube, thirty metres long on each side and practically free of decorative elements.HistoryOriginsThe earliest documents attesting the existence of a castle at Verrès (in the possession of the De Verretio family) date to 1287. At that time, control of the area was contested between the Bishop of Aosta and some noble families which were vassals of the Counts of Savoy: the De Turrilia, De Arnado, and De Verretio. The De Verretio in particular had harsh disagreements with the prelate over the years, which culminated in the episcopal casaforte in Issogne in 1333.
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  • Although the guide was very nice and friendly, we couldn't find anything exciting in the visit, will be for the 250 years in which the castle was left in a State of disrepair, it has impressed the smell of wax which came from hardwood floors. The facility is really impressive and beautiful, but the Interior is completely empty, and renovated to make it modern.
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  • Visit to the castle during the Carnival 2017. Castle night Edition with a formal dinner. Transport at the foot of the castle with shuttle buses and then walk uphill for a trail of about 10 minutes.
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  • This Castle stands commandingly on the town of Verrès, built for defensive purposes, although historically it was never besieged. Typical medieval fortress well maintained, although not all open at present, but truly lovely from a historical point of view/architecture. The guide very prepared and available pointed out every single secret of the Castle and of those who have lived (obviously within the limits of what you learn). Well worth the visit, a half hour to be experienced!
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