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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Ermanna 64 (8 months ago)
Castle of the Colleoni family. The peasant life of the past is highlighted and it was the defensive structure in the Solza area. Renovated in the 2000s, the castle is now home to the municipal library and toy library with adjoining rooms for various conferences. The figures are very good with their period clothes and their preparation in telling the history of the castle, they know how to revive and immerse those who listen to them in the life of the past... we are talking about the 1400s. Advised.
Paolo “Paolo” Tan (8 months ago)
Even if it does not appear as a castle commonly understood due to the continuous transformations over the centuries, it is possible to understand its original structure thanks to excellent, very well-prepared and passionate guides, in addition to the history of the castle, they include themed explanations on socio-cultural aspects of the period of the fifteenth century and finally they tell about the art of war which then in times of peace became a sport and a show like the joust where two knights challenged each other to unseat
Ilenia Baldi (11 months ago)
Nice guided tour of the castle. The guys who told us the story of that castle were very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject
Mat V (2 years ago)
Castle built in the final part of the Middle Ages which still retains its external structure in excellent condition. The completely renovated interior houses communal spaces ranging from the library to the council chamber. Here the leader Bartolomeo was born, known throughout Northern Italy for his conquests, not only territorial ?
Tatiana Kraevskaja (2 years ago)
A wonderful place. We visited various exhibitions several times. Various interesting events are constantly held there.
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