Verrès Castle

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

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

At the top of the rocky peak overlooking the town, stands the majestic castle of Verres, a perfect example of a castle fireplace. Built by Ibleto Challant around 1390, for his imposing size – a cube of 30 m to the side – this castle was to reflect the prestige and power of its builder, who in his career he held prestigious positions in the service of three counts of Savoy.

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

The structure is crowned by brackets such as open drains for the defense pouncing. The crenellation dovetail is covered by a large roof.

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

The body of the building is structured around the square courtyard, within which rises a monumental staircase with flying buttresses.

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

The regularity of the tree, the decorations limited to stone elements – windows, doors, fireplaces – underscore the military fortress (the family also owned the castle of Issogne, home much more comfortable). In 1536 Renato of Challant adapt the manor to modern artillery, constructing massive outer ramparts.

Verrès Castle
Verrès Castle – Photo © Enrico Massetti

NB: You can not access the vicinity of the castle by bus. The climb to the castle takes about 20 minutes walk from the village of Verrès, first along a paved road, then along the old path.

Verrès Castle - Photo © Enrico Massetti
Verrès Castle – Photo © Enrico Massetti

Harder but faster than the pedestrian path along the steep road that starts from the village. From the car park, however, it takes 5-10 ‘walk along the final stretch of trail.

Where to stay in Verres

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