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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George On tour (2 years ago)
Thanks to its position on an inaccessible promontory above the village of Ossana and along the trade route of the Passo Tonale, between the Trentino and the upper area of Brescia, the castle enjoyed complete civil and criminal administration under the Episcopal Curia. It is supposed, that the complex dates back to the Langobards, but the first written evidence dates back to 1191. Several noble families owned the castle, among them also the Prince-Bishops of Trento, the Counts of Gorizia-Tyrol and Bertha von Suttner, the Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1905. The mighty keep, about 25 m high, is not only the most characteristic element but also the best preserved of the entire complex. Parts of the castle are also a drawbridge, a fortified porch, guard rooms and a prison
Dani KING (2 years ago)
Amazing!!!!
Giovani Rissi (3 years ago)
Place of historical interest. Open spaces with snow and Christmas market.
Andrea Spallanzani (4 years ago)
Beautiful castle with a spectacular view of the valley and the mountains.
Pam Resner (4 years ago)
Very cool place to visit. Had very unique diorama about Christmas during WWI. You can still see carvings in the tower from WWI soldiers and earlier. Plenty of areas to explore around the upper walls and tower. Very friendly and helpful staff.
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