Catajo Castle

Battaglia Terme, Italy

Castello del Catajo is a patrician house near the town of Battaglia Terme. It had its origins in a simple villa that was rebuilt and extravagantly enlarged in the manner of a feudal castle from 1570 onwards by Marquess Pio Enea I degli Obizzi, a member of an Italian noble family of French origin. The house contains a vast cycle of historical battle scenes frescoed in 1571–1572 by Giambattista Zelotti, a pupil of Paolo Veronese. He began with events from the Roman age, culminating with the military triumphs of Pio Enea degli Obizzi, which were recreated in the gardens with tourneys and spectacles. His nephew Pio Enea II enlarged the complex with the grand entrance courtyard, announced by sculptures on high drum pedestals, which is dominated by the Baroque 'Elephant' fountain.

In the 19th century the estate passed to Francis V, Duke of Modena, who in turn left it to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. During the First World War the castle was inherited by Charles I of Austria, the last Emperor of Austria-Hungary, but it was sequestered as war reparations by the Italian State, which sold it in 1926 to the Dalla Francesca family, who currently open it to the public.



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Founded: 1570-1573
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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marina nicole (2 years ago)
It can be just 6 fresco roomsand a garden, but it worth a visit as a Veneto important sight, you can fell epoque here
Melissa Bernard (2 years ago)
We went on a private tour conducted by Phillipo. It was amazing! He was very knowledgeable. The grounds were indescribable. I could have spent days outside exploring.
Zena - (2 years ago)
What an incredible space. The history is fascinating, the frescos interesting…and my favorite part was exploring the expansive gardens. Made me feel quite Secret Garden-y.
Jan L (2 years ago)
We were on a wedding party there and the place is amazing! Views are great, food is delicious, drinks were fresh and well served! Highly recommended not only for a wedding but just to see the castle. Inside you will find a lot of medieval paintings and sculptures.
Aldo da Rin (3 years ago)
A must see location for the gardens and the importance in the medieval history of the region. The guide was very competent and made our visit even more enjoyable.
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