Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta Sights

Castello Fénis

  • Frazione Chez Croiset 22 Map It
  • Fénis
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/03/2016

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information


Frazione Chez Croiset 22, Fénis, Aosta Valley, 11020, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €5
  • Apr.–Aug., daily 9–7; Mar. and Sept., daily 10–6; Oct., Wed.–Mon. 10–6; Nov.–Feb., Wed.–Mon. 10–4. Maximum of 25 people allowed to enter every ½ hr

Published 05/03/2016


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