How much does the entrance cost and how to visit the Fénis Castle? The castle of Fénis, located in the municipality of the same name, is one of the most famous medieval manors in the Aosta Valley. Known for its scenic architecture, with the double crenellated walls that enclose the central building and the numerous towers, the castle is one of the major tourist attractions in the region and one of the best preserved medieval castles in Italy.
Unlike other manors in the region, such as Verrès and Ussel, built on top of rocky promontories to be better defensible, the castle of Fénis is located in a place completely devoid of natural defenses. This leads us to think that its function was above all as a prestigious administrative seat of the Challant-Fénis family and that the double walls also served above all as an ostentatious function, to intimidate and amaze the population.
The position of the castle, on top of a hill surrounded by a series of meadows, suggests that it may once have been the seat of a Roman villa, but unlike the castle of Issogne, where the same hypothesis has been confirmed by remains of walls from Roman times found in the cellars of the manor, in Fénis no evidence of this theory has yet been found.
What are the visiting hours?
- From October – March from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm / Closed on Mondays and closed December 25th and January 1st
- From April – September from 9 to 19
How much does the entrance ticket cost?
The full ticket costs € 7, the reduced one costs € 5.
For more information or to know the reduction on the ticket, you can consult this official link.