This is an excerpt from the book “Aosta Valley Itineraries”.
In Issogne, what from the outside looks like a palace, hidden inside a beautiful house courteous, miraculously preserved in its sixteenth-century appearance.
The castle, built on a site inhabited since Roman times, has ancient origins in the XII century is documented in a tower belonging to the bishop of Aosta.
Which later became the property of the family Challant, was enlarged several times until the end of ‘400, through the work of Canon George of Challant, cultured and refined character, the various buildings were brought together to form a complex more homogeneous. Were constructed of loggias, painted the courtyard and some rooms inside, the walls expanded to include a garden.
The frescoes in the lunettes of the portico of the courtyard of the castle of Issogne made somewhere between 400 and 500, depicting scenes of everyday life and are a great testimony of the time. These paintings alone are worth a visit.
The interior ceilings are noteworthy and retain part of the original furnishings.
Also notable is the chapel, with a magnificent Gothic altar with doors, and the so-called Hall of Justice, fully painted. All the walls of the castle are covered with inscriptions, graffiti and drawings made by the guests of the castle over four centuries. Sayings, quotes, news of events, amorous phrases or scurrilous, constitute a curious and a documentary source of enormous historical value.
Courtesy of Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide translation Enrico Massetti.