Ossana Castle

Ossana, Italy

St. Michael castle in Ossana stands on a rocky outcrop. The first written record dates back to 1191. The castle was owned by the Prince Bishops of Trento, Counts of Tyrol-Gorizia, de Federici, Heydorf and Bertelli families. Today is well-preserved with an imposing tower about 25 meters high.

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Via G. Prati 5, Ossana, Italy
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Ales Lapanje (9 months ago)
We just passed aside by bike when we took a nice tour around
Aleksander Pepelko (10 months ago)
Nice
Celestino CHABI (10 months ago)
Very nice place worth to visit
Robert Liu (2 years ago)
Great old castle which has been turned into an excellent visitor attraction. You can walk right into the top tower. The view from there is amazing.
Petr Dvořák (3 years ago)
Very nice place.
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