Solza Castle

Solza, Italy

Solza Castle probably dates back to the 10th or 11th century. Here was born the famous condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni. According to tradition, when Bartolomeo Colleoni left Solza Castle, he was between 14 and 15 years old: little more than a boy, even for those times. No-one could have predicted then that he was destined to become one of the most famous condottieri of the fifteenth century.

Today the same castle appears rather insignificant with its modest fourteenth century plan, but it is still worth visiting the small village of Solza, near the river Adda, and use it as starting point for making a historical tour of the castles dotted over the Bergamo plain. Two great powers, the Duchy of Milan and the Republic of Venice, were long-term rivals in this border country.



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Piazza Colleoni 6, Solza, Italy
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Founded: c. 1000 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Nuvola (10 months ago)
Rural aspect, the aesthetic integrity of the place maintained apart from the obviously modern large windows at the top right of the courtyard.
Mirella Rigamonti (13 months ago)
I visited the Colleoni castle on September 4th, but I believe that calling it a castle is a heresy; of the original structure only part of the external perimeter walls and the small courtyard remain. I state that I am not an architect, but I believe that all the interventions made in the periods following the abandonment of the castle have upset its structure. Hosting organizations or associations can also be accepted, but opening aluminum windows and double-glazed windows on the walls is unacceptable. The punctual and competent interventions of a group of young people belonging to a cultural association who guided us in the visit are to be commended.
Fabio M Italiano -biomag- (13 months ago)
Very interesting guided tour of the castle, prepared, engaging and attentive guide.
DONATELLA RAVASIO (13 months ago)
To be seen. The fantastic guide. He explained very well and with the clothing of the time he looked very good. I highly recommend
Renzo Zonca (2 years ago)
Worth a visit. Here the famous condottiere Bartolome Colleoni was born. The fortress is now buried at least two meters: imagine to remove at least two meters of land around it and its appearance will change becoming much more militareaco. It now houses the library, meeting rooms, a bar and more. Sometimes there are guided tours.
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