The first certain traces of Uviglie Castle can be found in a document dated in 1322. In this text the marquis of Monferrato Teodoro I granted the Pocaparte family a license to build their own fortified residence. The construction of the round tower and the wall supporting the roof garden adjacent the present park goes back to that period.

On February 1495 Giovanni Antonio Pico, who was from an old noble family from Casale and Marquis Commissary for the Revenue of Casale, acquires the properties of the feud of Uviglie from Guglielmo IX and Gian Giacomo becoming the only owner appointed by the Marquis of Monferrato. Starting from 1497 the new master of Uviglie could also be titled with the illustrious surname of Gonzaga: such a privilege, along with the use of the powerful Mantua family coat of arms, he and his brother Bonifacio and their male descendants were granted with after the merits Bonifacio had obtained while he was at service of Lodovico Gonzaga’s noble family.

At that time the care taken to preserve the castle was hinted at with praise by Evandro Baronino editor of a statistical survey of the town and lands of Monferrato who described it as “a very comfortable residence with very beautiful rooms”. The construction of the quadrangular tower and the present building on the northwestern side of the castle date back to this time. The outside walls were probably demolished when the dukedom went to the Savoia family in order to create enough space to develop the existing park as we see it now.

The property with its ancient park because of its architectural importance and its artistic heritage, it is under the Royal Law Decree of June 1939 and it belongs today to the Società Semplice Castello d’Uviglie.



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Founded: 1322
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Elisabetta Pontello (2 years ago)
Beautiful place! Mr. Mario, our guide, was very kind and thorough. He told us the story of the owner families that have succeeded each other over the centuries, and the most recent events that have seen the castle as the setting for events. The park is wonderful with a multitude of trees surrounding the castle. The cellars are worth seeing, not many castles can boast an enological history since 1491. Congratulations also to the careful display of the bottles, you can see that Mr. Mario loves every corner of this castle!
Mary Biancalana (2 years ago)
Andrea Nesler Cattaneo (2 years ago)
To visit it is a must! Amazing place and wonderful welcome with great winesWine tasting and cellar tour: we (10 guests!) really appreciated the hospitality and the wines ...especially the one with BONZANO label; in this regard, I'm aiming to taste Castello di Uviglie's wines -which will come in the following years- under the guidance of the winemaker Mr. Lanati. The tour in the cave or "La Cava" is an amazing experience!!! I do strongly suggest it! last but not least -actually, as a very important issue!- I deeply thank Mr. Niccolò Petrilli for being our Cicerone and for his dedication to us. To visit it is a must!
Barbara Tealdo (3 years ago)
Fantastic castle, with a very ancient history. The park that surrounds it is beautiful. The guide who accompanied us on the visit was very kind and knowledgeable. To know the opening days, consult the Castelli Aperti website and then book the visit by phone. The full ticket costs € 6.
Mohamed Fahmy (6 years ago)
Fabulous place
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