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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  • To visit with guided tour (possibly can't do without). Very nice, with lots of curiosity related especially to the frescoes. There are unfortunately many difficulties for the disabled who are likely to be able to see only the ground floor! CMQ recommended price more than fair! Driving AC 40 min guided tour.
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  • Externally less suggestive than others but worth joining and be accompanied by the guide through the frescoed rooms furnished in a jewel. In country a single restaurant to be booked.
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  • Issogne Castle in fact is the fortified manor house that belonged mighty family of De Chalan. When family was extinguished in XV century new owner of the castle became local bishop. Here you are going to find the cycle of frescoes painted in 1498-1501 by the unknown painter with the scenes of every day life of soldiers, taylors, apothecaries and etc. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light and tripod.
  • Really special castle. Especially for the grafity work you can find on every wall from long ago 1543, 1400' etc
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