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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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  • Perched on a rocky spur, massive, impregnable, this historic Manor House captivates with its essential and powerful charm. Within walking distance, via a steep cobblestone, repays the visitor of fatigue. An experienced guide, knowledgeable, passionate, helped make it even more memorable visit to this ancient monument.
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  • It's a very nice albeit a bit difficult fortress to reach. Great explanation of the guide who pointed out perfectly its defensive function and life in the Castle. A recommended excursion.
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  • Coming from the village of Verres, you reach the castle through a walk of about 15/20 minutes. The visit is carried out with a guide, very prepared, that will show you all the peculiarities of the structure. The only flaw is some rooms on the upper floor not yet visited
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