Orino Castle

Orino, Italy

Rocca di Orino lies on a rocky spur. The first record dates from 1176, however some fortifications were there already in the Roman ages. The castle was a military stronghold in the struggles between the Guelphs and Ghibellines during the thirteenth century until the victory of the Ghibellines. After the Duchy of Milan was created, the castle lost its purpose. It gradually fell into disrepair.

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

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Barbi maggio (2 years ago)
Bella solo la facciata; edificio chiuso,pieno di erbacce,sugli altri tre lati sentiero non curato.
Luca Maggiorini (2 years ago)
Sentieri non curati, la rocca: ad esclusione della facciata, i rimanenti tre lati senza alcuna cura. Alberi caduti sul sentiero (21/04/19).
Carlo Bertarelli (2 years ago)
Una passeggiata nel parco fino ad arrivare alla Rocca. Bellissima...
Billy Idle (3 years ago)
Un bel sito rimasto intatto nel tempo, accessibile sia da Orino che da Castello Cabiaglio con una bella camminata facile in mezzo ai boschi, transitando accanto a un bellissimo ed enorme masso erratico nero!
Simone (3 years ago)
La rocca è proprietà privata e trovarla aperta è assai difficile almeno che non vi siano delle feste, ad ogni modo provate a spingere il portone e se è solo accostato domandate se potete dare un'occhiatina e probabilmente vi sarà concesso, comunque non disperate all'interno vi è molto poco da vedere. La passeggiata per raggiungerla dal paese è abbastanza breve e poco impegnativa.
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