Illasi Castle

Illasi, Italy

Illasi Castle was built in the 12th century. The structure, composed by a fortified palace and a single tower, surrounded by a wall, is extremely peculiar and almost unique in Europe. It is still unclear which lord built it. It already existed when the tyrant Ezzelino da Romano used it as a base for his wars.

Later it became one of the main strongholds during the domination of the Della Scala family, lords of Verona. It was besieged several times, and at the end of the 14th century it was burned by the troops of the Da Carrara family, lords of Padua. It was then conquered, like all the province of Verona, by the Republic of Venice.

In the 15th century its military function was impaired by the use of guns: after an easy conquest by Milanese troops, the Venetians decided to dismiss it. They gave it to the Pompei family, one of the few noble families of Verona always faithful to Venice and without sympathies for the rival Austrian Empire. The Pompei shortly used the castle as a residence.

Of the original structure only the gateway, a small tower, the remains of a chapel, two cisterns, the keep and 30meter high square tower remain.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.tourism.verona.it

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Edoardo Bordoni (18 months ago)
Il posto è molto bello e panoramico, il castello però è in rovina e chiuso.. meriterebbe si essere restaurato e valorizzato per la sua storia
pinky pinky (18 months ago)
Non visitabile in rovina bella solo la passeggiata per arrivarci per il panorama
Daniele Fagnani (2 years ago)
Bel panorama dall'alto della collina...passeggiata agevole anche se la strada per arrivare è indecente. Bei vigneti e il paesaggio merita. Al castello non si può accedere purtroppo!
Jakub Marszałek (2 years ago)
Nice spot but closed to public (gate closed, no information about opening hours)
Duncan Laing (3 years ago)
It is a nice walk up the ridge, but you cannot get near to the Castle as it is on private property and closed to public.
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