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Castello di Fenis

Frazione Chez Sapin, 11020 Fenis, Italy
+39 0165 764263
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Magnificent castle

We didn't go in the castle because the tour is only in Italian and there was a 1 hour wait but just... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gilad S
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Kfar Saba, Israel
via mobile
Very nice and inspiring castle, but ...

This castle is surely very nice outside and inside, maybe even the best castle in the enchanting... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
KemikOjstra
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Maribor, Slovenia
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't go in the castle because the tour is only in Italian and there was a 1 hour wait but just walking around the castle and the near by flower gardens was magnificent and worth coming. The castle is very impressive on the outside.

Thank Gilad S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This castle is surely very nice outside and inside, maybe even the best castle in the enchanting Aosta Valley. It is a very great historical addition to the visit of the Ancient Roman city of Aosta, this time to feel the Medieval classic times. The...More

Thank KemikOjstra
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

On our way home we decided to visit the beautiful chateau de Fènis, as it is easily reachable from the highway. The stopover was worthwhile. The castle is well preserved with many original features and interesting stories the knowledgeable guides share with the visitors. The...More

1  Thank bagamundendi
Reviewed 2 August 2017

This was a fantaiasticly preserved castle with beautiful murals and quirky rooms where you can imagine the people of 1000 years ago living. A guided tour is in Italian but they try to help out with English to enable you to understand the various building...More

Thank Derek M
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

We decided to stop at this castle to get a closer look. It has an interesting exterior, unlike any other visited. It can only be visited on a guided tour which lasts about an hour. All the rooms are interesting, also some frescoes. Well worth...More

Thank music75
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Most picturesque and most perfect castle in Northern Italia. Easily seen from the motorway, exit and visit Castello di Fenis. Soaring turrets, ramparts...grand entry gate, unique interior keep, medieval antiquities and weaponry, costumes and regallia. Take a break from driving and don't miss this masterpiece.

Thank Larry M
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stopped and visited a few of the Chateaus/Castles in the area while driving from Switzerland to Torino. The Fenis Castle is very nice and dates back to the 12th century and is a legitimate fortress. Although the tours are only in...More

1  Thank Brads P
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...More

Thank yuanator1
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.

1  Thank pastywhitescot
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...More

Thank carmine d
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