San Salvatore Castle

Susegana, Italy

San Salvatore is one of the largest castles in northern Italy. In 1245, the city of Treviso granted the hill of San Salvatore to the Collalto family. They built a castle on top of the hill between the late 13th and early 14th centuries. In 1312, when the castle was complete, Emperor Henry VII granted full jurisdiction of the area to the Collalto family. They planted vineyards in the fields around the castle.

The 16th to 18th centuries were a peaceful period in the area, and the castle was embellished by a number of artists. Its chapel was decorated with frescoes, and a palace called Palazzo Odoardo was also built within the castle.

Following the Battle of Caporetto in 1917, Susegana fell under Austro-German occupation. The castle was used by the occupation forces, and was later bombarded by Italian artillery, severely damaging the structure in the process. The castle was restored between 1943 and 1951.

The castle is now used as a venue for cultural events.

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

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Wayne Smith (4 years ago)
Fabulous
Andrada Cretoi (5 years ago)
The castle is just amazing, unfortunately it's not open for visiting, you can just be seduce by it's outside beauty. Highly recommended!
Gudrun Koller (5 years ago)
Lovely
Patty Durath Cooper (5 years ago)
Lovely place full of history
tbf nz (6 years ago)
Beautiful from the outside, but not accessible without prior arrangement. Something this amazing needs to be better maintained, and more easily accessible.
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