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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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  • Lovely day, competent and friendly staff. The castle is also nice inside. The interesting story.
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  • Perched and nicely perched on a ridge you really must visit this castle 1300 military ... devoid of trappings is real strong military ... just smooth the road to climb after parking
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  • Returning from Pre Saint Didier stumbled across this castle from the cubic shape that has attracted our curiosity! Is part of a series of castles in Val d'Aosta dating back to medieval times! Restored after 260 years of neglect by owners and then bought by the Italian State, these Castle still retains the flavor of a Fort to protect the Valley where it was erected! Some interiors are original, others restored keeping intact the main features as the big chimneys, Windows with Gothic, Romanesque and Spanish influence. The ticket price is low and the guided tour really interesting! Landscape more than impressive especially in the snow!
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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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