Castello di Issogne, Issogne

Issogne Castle is a castle in Issogne, in lower Aosta Valley, in northwestern Italy. It is one of the most famous manors of the region, and is located on the right bank of the Dora Baltea at the centre of the inhabited area of Issogne. As a seigniorial residence of the Renaissance, the Castle has quite a different look from that of the austere Verrès Castle, which is located in Verrès, on the opposite bank of the river.
Issogne Castle is most noteworthy for its fountain in the form of pomegranate tree and its highly decorated portico, a rare example of medieval Alpine painting, with its frescoed cycle of scenes of daily life from the late Middle Ages.
Middle agesThe earliest mention of the castle of Issogne is in a Papal bull issued by Pope Eugene III in 1151, which refers to a fortified building at Issogne, the property of the Bishop of Aosta. Some walling discovered in the cellars of the current castle may be evidence of a Roman villa, dating from the 1st century BC, on the site.
Tensions between the Bishop of Aosta and the De Verrecio family, lords of the nearby town of Verrès, reached boiling point around 1333, when the castle of Issogne, the episcopal seat, was attacked and damaged by fire. Issogne remained the seat of the bishop until 1379, when the bishop of Aosta submitted to the jurisdiction of the then lord of Verrès, Yblet of Challant. Ibleto transformed the episcopal stronghold into an elegant princely residence in Gothic style, with a series of towers and buildings enclosed by an encircling wall.
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  • School memories and a visit from many years ago brought me back to a castle that has a great charm. I must say that I also took advantage of it because at last - and I say finally - the visit to the most interesting places of interest in the Aosta Valley was incorporated into the subscription museums of Piedmont. Synergies always pay off. I remembered with great detail the ground floor of the manor with the frescoes under the portico, but not the remaining rooms, although having visited several times the castle of the Medieval Village of Turin I should have remembered that the bedroom of the King of France had inspired the same. The tour is guided and our companion was sufficiently exhaustive in his explanations considering the time available for each tour route (about an hour). The visit is not suitable for disabled people with mobility difficulties.
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  • I don't add anything to the castle per se: beautiful, with reconstructed interiors, manicured garden and temporary exhibition. all at a paltry price. the visit would be really pleasant if as well as our guide was really rude: summary, not exhaustive, made us run without appreciating the beauty of the place. I don't want to penalize the lovely abode, but please Valdostani try to be a little friendlier and helpful.
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  • A beautiful medieval castle. You can feel the atmosphere of the castle. Beautiful frescoes, and a beautiful setting.
  • Great place and well portrayed by the guides. A must see.
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