Castles, Fortresses, historical homes

Casa Museo di Angelo Barabino

Tortona

Casa Museo di Angelo Barabino

Angelo Barabino, the painter from Tortona, had a strong connection with the territory in which his art developed. The relationship based on friendship and esteem with Paolo Barabino, Angelo’s nephew, encouraged the Foundation …

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Castello di Camino

Camino

Castello di Camino

Camino has its beginnings firstly as a Roman settlement then as a German one, and its castle has an important strategic position, dominating the hills of lower Piedmont, looking out over the banks of the River Po and the …

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Castello di Cremolino

Cremolino

Castello di Cremolino

The castle at Cremolino dominates the whole of the surrounding countryside, sited as it is on a rocky outcrop that juts over the village and its 15th century tower can be seen from afar, at some 450m above sea level this …

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Castello di Gabiano

Gabiano

Castello di Gabiano

The considerable size of the Castle of Gabiano overlooks the River Po, in a stunning scenic position. As far back as the 8th century, the documents mention a “cortem magnam nominam Gabianam”. In 1164, Federico I granted …

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Castello di Lajone

Quattordio

Castello di Lajone

The visitor will be accompanied on a tour of the Castle, among the frescoed rooms furnished with gilded tables, golden throne and crystal chandeliers, 19th century and 18th century paintings with religious themes and portraits. …

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Castello di Morsasco

Morsasco

Castello di Morsasco

Access to the old part and the castle is through a gatehouse that was converted into a bell tower in the 17th century. The first records of the castle date back to 1224 when the Republic of Genoa bequeathed it to the Marchesi …

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Castello di Orsara Bormida

Orsara Bormida

Castello di Orsara Bormida

The district of Orsara Bormida passed from owner to owner, first being the property of the Marquesses of Bosco, then the Malaspina, then the church at Acqui and in the 1500s it passed to a noble family from Milan. This small …

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Castello di Piovera

Piovera

Castello di Piovera

The castle at Piovera is one of the largest structures in the area and its characteristics are typical of the plain of Lombardy, the castle being built of brick and the overall layout representative of the local style. The …

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Castello di Pozzolo Formigaro

Pozzolo Formigaro

Castello di Pozzolo Formigaro

Pozzolo Formigaro was under imperial rule and the castle dates back to the 11th century although very little remains of the original structure, the current building having many features of the second half of the 15th century …

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Castello di Prasco

Prasco

Castello di Prasco

The first historical references to Prasco go back to the 10th century although the exact date of the building of the first castle is unclear and experts are unable to agree on a fixed date. It can be assumed that the current …

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Castello di Redabue

Masio

Castello di Redabue

The castle at Redabue has an interesting history, having enjoyed more military importance during modern times than during the mediaeval period. The owners during the `1700s and 1800s carried out many alterations which had …

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Castello di Rocca Grimalda

Rocca Grimalda

Castello di Rocca Grimalda

The village of Rocca Grimalda was built on a rocky promontory, its castle being in a strategically-important position both because it was easily defended and also because it could control the road between the pass of Ovada …

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Castello di Tagliolo

Tagliolo Monferrato

Castello di Tagliolo

Tagliolo Monferrato had a strategic position on the old Salt Road and was indeed an outpost at the time of the Saracen invasions. The word Tagliolo derives from the deforestation that took place in order to allow agricultural …

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Castello Sannazzaro di Giarole

Giarole

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 …

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CITTADELLA - temporaneamente chiusa

Alessandria

CITTADELLA - temporaneamente chiusa

The Citadel and its role in the historical events of the city of Alessandria. The Citadel of Alessandria arose following the Treaty of the Alliance League, stipulated in 1703, during the War of the Spanish Succession, between …

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