Forte di Fenestrelle, Fenestrelle

#19 of 1,087 in Things to do in Province of Turin
Must see · Military Facility · Tourist Spot
Renowned as the biggest alpine fortification in Europe, Forte di Fenestrelle dominates the hills above Fenestrelle. Often nicknamed "The Great Wall of the Alps," this giant fortress occupies 130 hectares (320 acres) of land. Built by the House of Savoy in the late 17th century, this fortress sat at a strategic point by the French border at a time when Europe was aflame with wars of nation-building. The complex includes three major forts, ramparts, batteries, barracks, powder magazines, warehouses, kitchens, a governor's mansion, a parade ground, and a church. Due to pillaging over time, the fortress is now in a state of preservation and reconstruction: your entry fees will help with this process. Plan my Fenestrelle trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • This one-of-a-kind fortress sprawls over 3 levels connected by staircases over 600 metres of altitude, about an hour away from turin. Guided tours are available for a fraction of the price of what...  more »
  • This place with bus from Turin it's about 2 hours, when we are come the tour for tourists close (tour for fortress) but there is one restaurant there so we spend time for gelato 🤗  more »
  • Amazing! Fantastic! Take either the shortest or the full path up to the top and you'll enjoy a great piece of history. Even guides are cool and very handsome. The forte itself is easy to reach and there's just a park in front of it. Book the tour in advance, especially during summer. Wear comfortable shoes and a camera, then relax and enjoy!
  • Only guided visits in Italian, no other languages. Other than that.. great views, but nothing really special to see.
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