Soave Castle

Soave, Italy

Soave castle was built in 934 to protect the area against the Hungarian invasions. It was remodelled by Cansignorio of the Scaliger family in the mid-1300s. in 1365 Cansignorio had the town walls erected and the Town hall was built in the same year.

The castle underwent various vicissitudes until, having lost its strategic importance, it was sold on the private market in 1596. In 1830 it was inherited by Giulio Camuzzoni who restored the manor and in particular the surroundings walls (with is twenty-four towers), the battlements and living-quarters.

Soave castle is a typical medieval military edifice, commanding the neighbourhood of the city from the Tenda Hill. It comprises a mastio (donjon) and three lines of walls forming three courts of different size. The outer line, with a gate and a draw bridge, is the most recent, built by the Venetians in the 15th century. It houses the remains of a small church from the 10th century.

The second and larger court, the first of the original castle, is called della Madonna for a fresco portraying St. Mary (1321). Another fresco is visible after the door leading to the inner court, and portrays a Scaliger soldier. The mastio is the most impressive feature of the castle. Bones found within showed it was used also as prison and place of torture.

The House called del Capitano (the Scaliger commander) houses Roman coins, weapons parts, medals and other ancient remains found during the most recent restoration. Adjacent is a bedroom with a 13th-century fresco with St. Mary and Madeleine and a dining room with medieval kitchenware. Another room houses the portraits of the most famous Scaliger figures: Mastino I, Cangrande, Cansignorio and Taddea da Carrara, wife of Mastino II; the portrait of Dante Alighieri testify an alleged sojourn of the poet in the castle.

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Via Mondello 13, Soave, Italy
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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patricia MacMillan (7 months ago)
I have visited many castles but this one was made particularly interesting by the volunteer who very enthusiastically gave us a tour and explain the many stories and anecdotes about it. Worth the visit truly!
Paul Heller (7 months ago)
Really outstanding, hidden gem of a castle, located about 20 minutes from Verona. The town of Soave is enclosed by old walls, whereas the castle is up on the hill. You can either drive or walk to the castle. There is free parking at the top. Castle closed midday and closes early in evening. It's 7eur to enter and highly worth it with amazing views of the town and vineyards, and alps in the distance. We spent about 45 minutes here. Can also climb the tower for superb views. Highly recommend!
Siu Long (2 years ago)
Beautiful Medieval castle, that protected the older part of Soave. The castle has been restored and it is a private property. It is possible to visit it and there's a ticket to pay. Inside what was the lodging of the commander of the castle, you'll find a guide that provides interesting information about the castle, the Della Scala family (The noble family who used to own this castle) and what was like living in a defensive Medieval castle. Climbing up some stairs it is possible have a walk along a portion of the defensive walls walk-ways. Behind the castle there's a small car park. It is for free.
Pippi Rosso (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle, definitely worth a visit. There is free parking right next to the castke or you can walk from the city (10-15mins). You need green pass to enter and it's closed between 12-15 and on Mondays.
Sven Philipsen (2 years ago)
This is not a carcassonne experience, but it's a extremely well preserved castle ruin. When you walk behind these huge walls you feel the history and how extremely difficult this fortress must have been to cease. When you reach the top of the highest tower and look at the city from the top, you'll be happy you made the clime alle the way to the top. Recommended!
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