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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  • Tour in Piedmont with little girls: afternoon visit (3 hours, up to the Devil's Garritta), evening with the story of the ancient walls. A beautiful day, the guide (Michele di Genoa) prepared and enthusiastic, the place is beautiful, interesting and well preserved, the evening was magical. Highly recommended, it deserves to be better known
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  • On Sunday, October 13th we decided with my partner to go and visit the fortress we had seen passing several times on the road. The Federico guide has proved to be very prepared historically and in putting all his passion even very engaging in the tour path for us tourists. The visit made is that of 3 hours that allowed us to visit the lower part, the powder keg and the guard post all very interesting. We will definitely return to make the 7-hour visit to the top of the fort.
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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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