Castello Sannazzaro di Giarole
The place name means ‘gravelly earth’ and has mediaeval origins. The area belonged to the Monferrato dynasty who gave authority to the local noble family who then took the title of Giarole. The history of Giarole follows that of the Counts of Sannazzaro, undisputed rulers of the village. As with most other settlements in Monferrato over the course of the centuries, Giarole suffered many attacks and sackings by invaders. The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century by the Sannazzaro and it was sited in the middle of a marshy area allowing the digging of a defensive moat around the building. Razed to the ground on more than one occasion, it was restored in the 19th century in the Gothic style and now has a particularly charming aspect. The castle has an irregular layout with crenellated walls and two square towers. Inside there is an overdoor feature from 1750 painted with mythological scenes. Traces remain of a drawbridge.