Backed by wooded hills and encircled by two rows of turreted walls, the Castello di Fénis is the result of various building campaigns between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. The original manor house belonged to the Challants, Viscounts of Aosta, who added a semicircular stairway in the courtyard in the early fifteenth century. The courtyard is adorned with wonderful frescoes, including a courtly St George rescuing a princess from the clutches of a dragon, overlooked by a tribe of wise men and prophets brandishing moral maxims on curling scrolls.

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