Valeggio Castle, situated on tall spurs overlooking the River Mincio, bears the typical characteristics of a Della Scala castle, even if it was most probably built on a pre-existing structure. The Scaligeri family realised its strategic importance and erected a castle featuring the typical massive walls, square towers, battlemented keep, draw-bridge and passage guarded by a tower which is shorter than the others. The castle, built in the 13th and 14h centuries, was in full use until 1500, after which it was abandoned once it had lost its strategic importance.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Exotic scenery full of history...
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Great view, lil hard to climb...
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Historic castle overlooking the river.
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Per Stobbe (3 years ago)
The Scaligeri castle of Valeggio, situated on tall spurs overlooking the River Mincio and in line with the 500 meter long Ponte Visconteo. Scaligeri bears the typical characteristics of a Della Scala castle, even if it was most probably built on a pre-existing structure. The Scaligeri family realised its strategic importance and erected a castle app 1284 featuring the typical massive walls, square towers, battlemented keep, draw-bridge and passage guarded by a tower which is shorter than the others. The castle is linked to the town of Borghetto, originally surrounded by a wall to enable the defenders to control the Mincio river. To the east it was linked to the “serraglio Scaligero”, a 16 km long defensive system of walls which included Valeggio, Villafranca and Gerla, the original site of a small fortress. The castle was in full use right up to 1500, after which it was abandoned once it had lost its strategic importance.
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