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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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  • Easily accessible from Highway X Aosta, near other castles that were part of the tour of the castles of the Valley. Well signposted on the road, the only difficulty is parking but you can leave car in some spots on the road. Climb to the entrance ticket, as well as quite a climb but very charming in itself. Superb location (the castle was founded as Castle Defense). Unfortunately there are no furnishings but the visit was super interesting. The Guide Fabienne very prepared and addictive and super helpful! beautiful and highly recommended
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  • Nice recently restored Castle is well worth a visit to the historical and architectural value. Not to be missed in the hair of the Aosta Valley tour!
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  • Last Castle visited during my stay in Aosta! Castle used for defensive purposes! The guide very good! To see!
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