Forte di Fenestrelle, Fenestrelle

Renowned as the biggest alpine fortification in Europe, Forte di Fenestrelle dominates the hills above Fenestrelle. Often nicknamed "The Great Wall of the Alps," this giant fortress occupies 130 hectares (320 acres) of land. Built by the House of Savoy in the late 17th century, this fortress sat at a strategic point by the French border at a time when Europe was aflame with wars of nation-building. The complex includes three major forts, ramparts, batteries, barracks, powder magazines, warehouses, kitchens, a governor's mansion, a parade ground, and a church. Due to pillaging over time, the fortress is now in a state of preservation and reconstruction: your entry fees will help with this process. Plan my Fenestrelle trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • A journey through history through the visit of this fort with a wonderful and passionate guide (Federico) who has been able to passionate with knowledge and also sympathy the whole group. I recommend the round of 3h (become almost 4). A good boot but not difficult
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  • We chose the royal 7 hour x tour visit this beautiful fortress. The tour takes you to the top of the fortress, accompanied by a volunteer guide explaining the history and characteristics of the property. The route, tiring for the uphill steps, requires a hiking attire and a predisposition to long walks. The views are wonderful and the history of the fortress fascinating. Luca, our guide, with his humor made us spend a really fun day. It is a recommended tour for walkers and history lovers.
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  • Amazing! Fantastic! Take either the shortest or the full path up to the top and you'll enjoy a great piece of history. Even guides are cool and very handsome. The forte itself is easy to reach and there's just a park in front of it. Book the tour in advance, especially during summer. Wear comfortable shoes and a camera, then relax and enjoy!
  • Only guided visits in Italian, no other languages. Other than that.. great views, but nothing really special to see.
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