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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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  • A truly impressive and menacing stronghold perched up there and clearly visible passing on the highway. you struggle a little bit (we can say for the lazy like me ... those a little more athletic won't case) to climb up to the entrance of the Castle. There are guided tours included in the admission price that is very low. Very prepared guides, sometimes all too accurate in the various details and noticed that for some people it gets a bit boring though it is possible to fully understand the history of the Castle and all its details. Ultimately it is definitely a visit to recommend, however keep in mind that it is not easy for those with reduced mobility and extremely difficult if not impossible for the disabled
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  • Built on a rocky peak overlooking the river Evançon Verres dominates the village below, as well as allowing the control of Valley of Challand-Ayas. It was called the most beautiful monument of the feudal age in Valle d'Aosta. The guided tour, with extensive and detailed information allows us to know bits of history related to the noble family of the Aosta Valley of Challant, rulers of much of the Aosta Valley on behalf of the Savoy. To see.
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  • After a pretty steep climb and dirt road a welcome surprise. The outside does not make the idea but once you enter and have admired the structure and have enjoyed the story thanks to the skill of the guide who told us stories of the Castle were attractive
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