Forte di Gavi

Gavi, Piedmont, Italy

Gavi was built by incorporating a pre-existing castle built, according to legend, at the time of the Saracen occupations and anointed by Princess Gavia who had established her residence in that location. The first document that testifies to the existence of the castle is a notarial act dating back to the year 973.

The castle remained the property of the Genoese, albeit with ups and downs, at least until 1418 when it passed first to the Milanese Lordship of the Visconti, then to the Fregoso family and finally to the Alexandrian Guasco, lords of Francavilla.

Over the centuries the transformation from castle to fort has been slow but constant: the first radical interventions on the original structure were made in 1540 by the military engineer in the service of the Republic Giovanni Maria Olgiati.Disarmed in 1859, the fort was transformed into a civil penitentiary. During the First World War it was used as a prison camp for the Austro-Hungarians, while during the Second World War it was used as a prison camp for Anglo-American officers. The fortress can be visited in the various main rooms.



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Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Petr Juliš (12 months ago)
Very nice fortress but not too much to see inside even with the paid guided tour (€5/person). So if you don’t won’t to pay just stay in Gavi and enjoy the view up the hill ;-)
Anna Shulyak (16 months ago)
It was closed to visit inside (we’ve been there in January) but you will have the best view around it!
John Leslie Amos (2 years ago)
Had a guided tour, guide was super helpful. If you like medieval and modern history this is a must.
쿠쿠쿠 (2 years ago)
reservation required :)
Edgar Villalobos (3 years ago)
Shame we could not get in o a Sunday.
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