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Castello di Fenis

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Address: Frazione Chez Sapin, 11020 Fenis, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0165 764263
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Among the most famous of the castles in the Aosta Valley, Fenis strikes...

Among the most famous of the castles in the Aosta Valley, Fenis strikes visitors with its triumph of towers and crenellated walls. The castle sits on flat ground, which is unusual; Aimone de Challant improved it by building an impressive defensive system, which also features double curtain walls. However, more than being a fortress, the Fenis castle was a prestigious and refined residence: the courtyard and the rooms inside are rich in frescoes - the result of a decorating campaign started by Aimone’s son, Bonifacio in all likelihood. Not to miss is the famous St. George slaying the dragon by Jacquerio and his school, on the stone semicircular courtyard staircase. Many of the furnishings present, which are not original to the castle, were purchased by Alfredo d’Andrade, then Superintendent of Fine Arts, who supervised the restoration work at the end of the nineteenth century thus restoring the castle to its former glory.

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I took a bus from Aosta, cost 2.20 euro, to Fenis Castello in August 2016. Fantastic value 7 euros. Unfortunately it was extremely busy and had to wait in line for 45 minutes to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2017
Redcliffe, Australia
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Redcliffe, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I took a bus from Aosta, cost 2.20 euro, to Fenis Castello in August 2016. Fantastic value 7 euros. Unfortunately it was extremely busy and had to wait in line for 45 minutes to buy my ticket, then had to wait another 1 hour and 30 mins to start the tour. This was not a problem as you can never... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Murals are interesting, the furniture as they explain was gathered afterwards from different regions so isn't authentic. If you don't mind being forced to take the Italian tour and are in the area it certainly is a photogenic chateau.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Long cue to get the ticket to visit the castle 2 hs later. We spent this time visiting the other museum of handicraft (nice too). The visit is with a guide (not sure they do in foreign language) very professional, the visit take 40' and starts every 15'

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We were fortunate enough to get there a bit later in the day - so the sun was casting a gorgeous glow on the castle and surrounding mountains. We drove here straight from landing at Milan Malpensa airport on our way to Chamonix. It is an easy stopping point off the highway and a great way to break up the... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

From outside look very interesting but from inside is just average castle nothing special. Ticket is 3.5€ and its take about 1h to make tour

1 Thank Hrvoje Z
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Our goal for the trip to Aosta Valley was to visit few castles that are very distinguished from similar places in Central Italy. The castle is situated in the very attractive mountain area and has a very impressive look from outside. Very old structures (since 12th century) are beatifully preserved, and rooms are decorated according to that time. The frescoes... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

The castle or fortress is very impressive from the outside with its multitude of towers and last but not least its setting on top of a hill. It is the most spectacular castle in the area from the outside. The inside and tour we found less impressive, although there are a few nice frescos and rooms, but it gives you... More 

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Barre, Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

A short drive from Aosta, Fenis is worth the drive for castle enthusiasts. We were fortunate to have an Italian speaker translate the tour guide's highlights. I think it's a definite drawback that they only provide guided tours - and only in Italian.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most spectacular castle of this area. It's a must to do if you come to Valle d'Aosta with other castle like Verres, Bard, Issogne, ecc. A fantastic and magic place where spend few days in nature and history

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Terrifically preserved and restored, with original furnishings this is the best in the Aosta valley and perhaps the best in Northern Italy. Don't miss it.

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