Visit of Avise
Outside the beaten paths there is the small but charming village of Avise which owes its name to the Lords of Avise, one of the oldest and most important aristocratic families in the Aosta Valley.
The village,clearly shows its medieval structure starting with the presence of the imposing castle of Blonay which constituted a defensive stronghold of the village, since the village was once accessible by a bridge over the Dora Baltea river located just below the castle.
Located in the western area of the village, is the Castle of Avise. The building was built at the end of the 15th century by Bonifacio d’Avise with the aim of having a prestigious residence that would replace the rough and uncomfortable castle of Blonay.
Inside the castle of Avise there are some prestigious rooms such as the large reception room with the monumental fireplace and the “sala delle mensole” so called for the fourteen wooden shelves carved with animal figures, monsters and characters in 15th-century clothes that recall very the corbels of the Sarriod de la Tour Castle.
To enrich the visit of the village we mention the recently restored chapel of Provaney and the beautiful parish church of San Brizio already founded in the 8th century. The current church, consecrated in 1869, is a large building with a neoclassical facade while the interiors were elegantly frescoed in the 19th century. Inside the church there is also an interesting museum of sacred art.
The village of Avise is the ideal place to treat yourself to an engaging guided tour of this little gem, little beaten by tourist flows, but full of charm and history
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