Castello di Fenis, Fenis

At the top of a grassy knoll, Castello di Fenis features limestone watchtowers that rise high above the countryside. An opulent residence for the Challant family in medieval times, the pentagonal castle is now a museum run by the Aosta Valley autonomous region. Once inside the double boundary wall, you'll enter the ground floor to see the kitchen, woodshed, rainwater storage tank, and a display of medieval weaponry. Climb the stairs to the first floor to explore the lords' rooms and the chapel, where you'll find Giacomo Jacquerio's majestic frescoes. Guided tours are only in Italian, but informative pamphlets are available in other languages. Before you visit Fenis, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • The construction and the many changes of what is the current Fénis Castle developed between the 12th and 15th centuries, and the manor was inhabited for a long time by the Challant family. Inside, the rooms are pretty bare, devoid of antique furniture, which was replaced with some furniture similar to the original, but all in all they are warm, wrapped in a soft light. I loved the large fireplaces, all filled with pot-bellied iron cauldrons, the bedroom, and I found it interesting the saloon with the chapel. But the really great part of the castle is undoubtedly the frescoed courtyard on each floor, with the circular staircase and especially its depiction of St George Slaying the Dragon and rescue the Princess. One of the most important and inspiring details of the Manor is outside, nestled on the top of the towers. Named Guardian, Heads are purely Celtic, and were considered the protectors of the Castle. In addition to military defense, of which were men, the place was watched over and protected even in thin level thanks to the presence of these heads, placed around the towers so that they looked on all sides. To them was given an apotropaic value, since leaving all sorts of danger, both tangible, is invisible. Ultimately, a nice visit, a splendid Castle and a day to remember. A curiosity, Fénis Castle has its ghost. The spirit that is said within these walls is that of a child's clothes, son of the owner of the Castle and his first wife. Replaced the stepmother, eager to inherit the riches to his natural son, the rightful heir had to go. And so it came to pass. It is said that the wicked woman killed him and threw him in the Dungeon of the Castle, and that since then his ghost wandering the rooms, both by day and by night, having to move furnishings, especially in kitchens.
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  • at the center of a small town (chez sapin) stands the beautiful fenis castle with its towers and its medieval walls bathed in natur and quiete.ben organized the visit with the Guide.
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  • Incredible Place!!! You can make a lot of amazing pics and also visit the castle inside!!! Incredible place.
  • Medieval castle of the VIX century very well preserved! really incredible! the whole ticket costs € 7 and access can be made from the Nus train station by the Sauda buses. The distance is only 2km but it is difficult to walk.
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