Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta Sights



Castello Fénis Review

The best-preserved medieval fortress in Valle d'Aosta, this many-turreted castle was built in the mid-14th century by Aimone di Challant, a member of a prolific family related to the Savoys. The castle, which used a double ring of walls for its defense, would make a perfect setting for a fairy tale, given its pointed towers, portcullises, and spiral staircases. The 15th-century courtyard surrounded by wooden balconies is elegantly decorated with well-preserved frescoes. Inside you can see the kitchen, with an enormous fireplace that provided central heat in winter; the armory; and the spacious, well-lighted rooms used by the lord and lady of the manor. If you have time to visit only one castle in Valle d'Aosta, this should be it.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Frazione Chez Croiset 22, 11020 | Map It
  • Phone: 0165/764263
  • Cost: €5
  • Hours: Mar.–Sept., daily 9–7; Oct.–Feb., daily 10–12:30 and 1:30–5. Maximum of 25 people allowed to enter every ½ hr
  • Location: Castello Fénis
Updated: 03-06-2013

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