Bassano del Grappa Castle

Bassano del Grappa, Italy

The fortifications in Bassano del Grappa was mentioned already in 998. Bishop of Vicenza donated the town in the late 12th century to Ecelo I, founder of later powerful family of Ezzelini. The oldest structures of castle still present date from the 12th and 13th centuries.

In 1411 during the war between the Republic of Venice and the Kingdom of Hungary its fortifications resisted the attacks of Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg. The castle was later conquered by Maximilian I of Habsburg during the War of the League of Cambrai in 1508. After it was decommissioned and the left to decay.

Today the castle, after restoration, is used to display temporary exhibitions and theater performances.


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


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David Smith (2 years ago)
Parts of the castle date back to the 12th century. However, most of it cannot be visited. The sort of place to stop at if you're nearby, but not worth going out of your way for. Perhaps the local council could make more of the attraction.
Bishop Ani David (3 years ago)
Nice place to be
Gianni Mason (4 years ago)
At the entrance the slender, but at the same time imposing, Torre Bolzonella (today called of Ser Ivano - robber of Ezzelino III) announces the structure of the castle protected by two walls. It is over 30 meters high and was an impregnable defense 'machine', autonomous and isolated from the castle itself. The castle, like all ancient military artifacts guarding strategic territorial positions after all, has a very long history that goes back to pre-Roman times. The wall structures handed over to us by time date back to the first decades of the 12th century and had their maximum splendor at the time of the powerful Ezzelini dynasty, a Germanic family very close and related to the Emperor, who settled here definitively after the vicissitudes that saw it retreat from the castle of Onara (Padua) and then from that of Castel di Godego (Treviso) to settle in the nearby castle of Romano. The castle remained in perfect efficiency even with the successive dominations of the Visconti and the Scaligeri, to finally pass to the Serenissima in 1404. It was a perfect war machine to protect the important walled city and the obligatory transit route at the mouth of the mountains, so much so that it could easily resist even the 'new' weapons, the first bombards deployed by the Hungarians and the Emperor Sigismund in the siege of 1411/12. Then nothing could in 1508 against the new type of war when the city was overwhelmed, despite the strenuous defense in Valsugana by the 'difficult' Canalotti, by the imposing troops fielded by the League of Cambrai at the helm of Maximilian of Austria against Venice. , which was one step away from being destroyed. Only the 'brand new' fortifications of Padua and Treviso saved the Serenissima. With the Venetian 'pax' the city loses its role as a strategic node along the corridor descending from the Alps and gradually transforms itself into a lively commercial and artisan city. The fate of the castle was marked from the first decades of the sixteenth century and the military works slowly fell into oblivion and were partially reused for other purposes. In modern times, excluding the 'private' parts, we are given a series of structures in a serious state of neglect and even invaded by wild vegetation until the showy collapse of 1928. A long and careful restoration that lasted until a few years ago it now allows us to understand the complex structure also with a guided tour on the spectacular and panoramic walkway.
Stefano Bortolon (4 years ago)
The castle is the oldest part of the city, an absolutely obligatory stop for those visiting Bassano, you can also go around the garden of the walls passing through a small gate on the right. The summer opera festival that holds concerts / shows there is also a big initiative. Too bad it is little used and that in part it needs restoration to renew its luster. I recommend to go and inquire about its historical significance.
Ishmael Dalli (5 years ago)
Quaint ancient place overlooking Brenta River
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