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Val d'Aosta in the Middle Ages: let's discover of the Castle of Fenis

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2986.JPGDear friends, welcome to My Own Italy!

Our travel to discover Italy today is to  Aosta Valley.

Let's go and visit another impressive castle: I'll tell you about my experience and I'll report you what to see in  Castle of Fenis, once property of the important family of Aosta, the Challant's.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_3033.JPGComing from Turin or Milan , and going to Aosta, the Castle of Fenis appears in all its beauty on the left side of the road.

Contrary to what one might expect, it is not perched on rocky ridges of the mountain, dominating the valley in defence from the enemies, but instead it lies, just imposing, on a plain surrounded by vineyards.

 

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This manor was in fact intended to represent the prestigious office of the greatest exponents of the family Challant's, who added the imposing defense system, as well as elegant pictorial decorations to enhance their power and prestige.

 

 

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This Castle, whose origins are still not certain - I wonder if also in this case it was built from the ruins of a Roman villa? - is equipped with several towers and crenellated walls that were added in the mid-fourteenth century by Aimone of Challants to the existing turret.

 

 

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Bonifacio I of Challant, son of Aimone, gave way to a transformation of the castle. all levels of interior horizontal Were realigned; a new floor under the roof was built redoing all coverings.

 

 

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The courtyard was decorated with two floors of galleries and the beautiful staircase. Outside of the central body were placed sections of walls and also staged a prison. In one of the spaces inside the large tank of water, to ensure the survival even in case of siege.

 

 

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Aimone first, and his son Bonifacio later, with their long feuds that lasted for more than a century, marked the culmination of fortune economic, political and prestige for Fénis.

After the death of Bonifacio, the fortunes of the branch of the family Challant's, owner of the castle, were considerably reduced. 

 

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 The building belonged to the lords of Challants of the branch of Fenis until 1716, when it was sold to Count Baldassarre Castellar of Saluzzo Paesana..

The events that marked the history of the noble family brought the manor to a slow decay, until the total abandonment that turned it into a country home: the ground floor rooms were turned into stables, while the first floor was used as a barn.

 

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The restoration of the monument is due to Alfredo d'Andrade, who bought the castle in 1895 and, having restored the damaged parts, donated it to the state.

 

 

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 Today the building is owned by the Region of Valle d'Aosta, and the Castle houses the Museum of the furniture of the Val d'Aosta.

You can visit the castle of Fenis by a path running through the building and also its history every day according to schedule decided by the Region.

 

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 For me it was a wonderful experience and I reported it on TGCOM24 and if you'd like to staymy personal suggestion is Hotel Alla Posta Saint Vincent.

Leisure me: this is my tourism!

 

 

Blog posted from 11020 Fénis Valle D'aosta, Italia View larger map
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