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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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  • Beautiful castle, although often closed to be reached after a walk uphill from the center of the country (the country, deserves at least the square).
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  • The castle is drained of every piece of furniture, but the visit is worth the cost (which is not excessive) of the ticket because the defensive architecture is impressive and the leadership has been able to explain very well the function and history of the rock. The location was great to see the Valley.
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  • Access is steep and steep but it allows to discover the city of glasses charming small town. The castle is truly exceptional, it is not furnished but rooms are superb.
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