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Verres Castle, Verres

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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  • Very interesting place but keep in mind that visit are only in Italian. Moreover, you will have to climb a lot to get to the entrance and once inside, a lot of ups and downs stairs. If you can manage, this is a fascinating place because of the many details thought in medieval times in terms of defence. The history of the castle is incredible.
  • When you arrive it seems to come back in the past... The castle it renovated in a perfect way.. .. you will fell like a king or queen
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  • The Castle, although relatively small, is interesting. The guide is prepared and the visit agreeable. The price is an additional feature appreciable. 2 children not up; the shortage of parking spaces and the stretch up to the castle in broken stones. Not easy for everybody and in winter with Frost, for few!
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  • Beautiful castle which is reached via a steep trail. The castle was restored in 2007, well cared for. The guided tour is included in the ticket helps to better understand the environments and history. Recommended
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