Fénis Castle

Castello di Fénis 🇮🇹 or Fénis Castle 🇬🇧 or Château de Fénis 🇫🇷 is in Aosta Valley in the north-west of Italy. close to France and Switzerland borders. Aosta Valley or in Italian, Valle d’Aosta is the smallest and least populous region of Italy. But there are more than 30 castles in this small & beautiful region. Fénis Castle is one of the most famous one. it is well-known for its architecture and battlemented walls and the towers.

Location of Fénis Castle

The Castle is in the city of Fénis. it is just 13 km away from the city of Aosta. Fénis castle have many watchtowers which they linked together by walkway and protected with double boundary.

The courtyard, the centre of the central inhabited body, is the small quadrangular courtyard built by Bonifacio I between the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century.

When you visit the castle it reminds you of Borgo medieval in Torino. do not get surprise. because the courtyard of Borgo medieval of Torino is a copy of the internal courtyard of the castle of Fénis.


Inside the castle there are numerous and gigantic fireplaces. I can imagine in the winter time the castle was pleasant and warm. they also using them for the cooking.

The rooms and balconies inside the courtyard are furnished with various types of wooden. this wood feeling made it elegant. The walls of the balconies are decorating with images of sages and prophets and proverbs in old French. You can visit first and second floor with chapel. The third floor, in the attic, was dedicated to the servant and is not visitable.

I visit the castle in beginning of the March. I am sure in the Spring it will be more beautiful when everything is green. If I have a chance, I will go there again in spring for taking better photos. maybe for the wallpaper section of my website. anyway, even visiting this castle in winter will be a good experience. if you are passing through Aosta valley you should stop there and visit this beautiful castle. you need one hour to visit the inside and then you can have a amazing lunch break at Aosta.


San Fruttuoso, Portofino, Santa Margherita

Yes, Everybody knows Portofino is astonishing but, did you know that there is marvellous place after that which you can not reach there by car? San Fruttuoso! We did a trekking from Santa Margherita through Portofino until San Fruttuoso, and it was far behind that perfect.

Start Point

Santa Margherita

Santa Margherita was always one of my favourite city in Liguria region of Italy. Portofino is very famous among foreigners but in fact in my opinion Santa Margherita Liguria is a demo of heaven on the earth. Amazing sea with mesmerising rocks stick to the green hills which the eyes cannot stop enjoy watching them. Since I moved to Italy every summer, I had remarkable memories over there. Unforgettable and Fancy at the same time. Luckily, I live so close to them, and I’ve been plenty of times there. But, the outstanding fact about Italy is that there are always new places, new foods, new wines, new cheeses &… to surprise you.

To Portofino


We parked the car near the train station of Santa Margherita to start our journey. It was February and even not spring yet. But finding a parking over there is not always easy and will be costly too. If you can reach there by The train, do not take your car. We walked alongside the sea to reach Portofino. This fantastic place. Luckily, I took numerous photos because words cannot describe the beauty of it.

San Fruttuoso

San Fruttuoso

When you reach Portofino, it is almost the end, and usually, you can not go further. But if you like trekking, you can find a way through the mountains to reach San Fruttuoso in 2 hours with normal pace. The passage is wonderful with eye-catching view to the cliffs and sea. I saw a man living and working on his farm, 5 minutes away from one of the most expensive places of the world. Far away from all those yacht and fancy cars. I really believe he was the richest man over there.

We walked totally 25 km and with elevation gain of around 1000 m. On the way back, we took the bus from Portofino back to Santa Margherita train station because we were exhausted and why not!

You can find Strava activity of this day here. if you have a plan to visit Portofino I highly suggest you to take your time and do the trekking to San Fruttuoso too.

P. S: every time after I posted photos that I’ve taken as stories on instagram, many people replied and told me that they made a screenshot to use the photo as their wallpaper. It makes me delighted that people liked my photos that much. But, I prefer they use the high-quality one. So soon I will put a wallpaper download section on my website for selected wallpapers. So, you can download my photos in high-quality format for the wallpaper. so look for it later in my website menu and let me know if you also use them as your wallpaper. it really motivates me.