In Fénis, you can visit the most famous, spectacular castle in Valle d’Aosta; positioned in a beautiful clearing, it presents itself well with all the aspects typically found in a Medieval castle: embattlement wall and watch towers.
A building already standing in the XIII century, at the time of Godfrey of Challant, today it is the construction built by Aimone of Challant and his son Boniface I (XIV-XV century) that remains.
Beautiful frescos by Giacomo Jacquerio, travelling master from Turin and court artist to Amadeus VIII of Savoy, can be found in the courtyard (St. George slaying the dragon to defend the princess) and in the chapel (Madonna della Misericordia).
The village is located at an altitude of 541 metres and was built in a slightly prominent area, protected at the back by a thick chestnut forest.
Inhabited from Roman times to make the most of pyrite deposits in the area, Fénis was part of the Challant household in Medieval times.
At the back of the town, the Valley of Clavalité opens out. It is well known for its significant Alpine connotations: the landscape is idyllic with small villages dotted across it, the small church of Notre-Dame de la Neige and the last few chalets in the village of Maison Blanche towards the bottom of the plain, at the head of the valley.
Clavalité was already well known in ancient times thanks to its rich minerals. It is also the only place in the entire Valle d’Aosta with a small rock salt deposit.
In winter, the valley is popular with skiers who organise Alpine ski itineraries and in summer the choices are even wider: from Alpine excursions, to mountain bike rides, to trekking on horseback.