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Castello di Fenis

  • Daily: March–June & Sept 9am–7pm; July & Aug 9am–8pm; Oct–Feb Tues–Sat 10am–12.30pm & 1.30–5pm, Sun & public hols 10am–12.30pm & 1.30–6pm
  • €5, guided tours only
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Further up the main valley from Chatillon and overlooked by a ruined castle, the small, pretty village of NUS makes a good base for the Castello di Fenis 2km away. Backed by wooded hills and encircled by two rows of turreted walls, the castle is a fairy-tale cluster of towers decorated with scalloped arcades. Meanwhile, the Fenis branch of the Challant counts concentrated on refining their living quarters with fine Gothic frescoes; the best of these is in the courtyard, above the elaborate twin staircase that leads to the upper storeys. A courtly St George rescues a damsel in distress from the clutches of a tremendous dragon, overlooked by a tribe of protective saints brandishing moral maxims on curling scrolls.

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