Montorio Castle Ruins

Verona, Italy

Montorio Castle was presumably a look-out post which was once part of the Verona city fortifications and which is first mentioned in documents dating back to 995 AD. It was subsequently rebuilt by the Aldobrandeschi in the Middle Ages and restructured by the Ottieri and then transformed into a fortified farmhouse after the annexation of the county in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Only certain sections of the structure remain, as four of the seven towers were demolished (as well as parts of the walls) by the Austrians in 1820. The castle now serves as a venue for cultural events held in the summer.

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Via Castello 40, Verona, Italy
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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.tourism.verona.it

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Alessandro Torluccio (2 months ago)
Un luogo tutto da scoprire, magico la sera in quanto tutto il castello illuminato.di recente ristrutturazione è utilizzabile per convegni o per eventi
Maurizio Perlini (11 months ago)
Very nice place too bad it was closed.
John Carey (2 years ago)
Beautiful panoramic views of the mountains valleys villages and city.
max pamelin (2 years ago)
Lovely
Jhon Valentin Mussati (2 years ago)
Piacevole per rilassarsi tra i colli, inoltre si possono intraprendere molti sentieri che portano un po' ovunque tra Montorio, San felice e zone limitrofe.
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