Fenis Castle

This is an excerpt from the book “Aosta Valley Itineraries”.

Fenis Castle - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Fenis Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

Fénis Castle, The complex architecture of the castle of Fénis, Valle d’Aosta rightly the best known of the manors Aosta Valley, is one of the greatest examples of military and civilian personnel of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Fenis Castle - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Fenis Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The structure is extremely complex, it is the result of successive actions, performed mainly from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century, by the most important noble family in the region: the Challant.

The exterior of the castle, austere and almost repulsive, is a true epitome of the defensive techniques of the time: two defensive battlements, towers, prismatic and cylindrical equipped with embrasures and loopholes.

Fenis Castle - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
Fenis Castle – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The interior, however, finished at the beginning of 400, has a refined, almost a residence courteous, sign of the wealth and culture of its inhabitants.

San Michele fresco - Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley
San Michele fresco – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

In particular, the frescoes in the courtyard and the private chapel, built in the workshop of James Jaquerio, are of high artistic value.

Cortile Fenis
Cortile Fenis – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The whole complex is full of symbols: some authors have observed that even the access path to the house can be read as an authentic initiatory journey.

Where to stay in Fenis

There are high quality hotels and B&Bs available, check them out and make a reservation here.