Corenno Plinio Castle

Dervio, Italy

The castle of Corenno Plinio is today one of the best preserved castles in Lombardy.

Built between 1363 and 1370 on ancient Roman ruins, by will of Andreani’s family, it has a square shape, even if irregular, and two towers: a square one dated back to the 11th century and a C shape one at the castle’s entrance in Piazza Garibaldi.

Piazza Garibaldi, with its pebble floor, lets you breathe the medieval past of Corenno Plinio and welcomes you with its castle and the closechurch dedicated to St. Thomas Beckett of Canterbury, with its Neo-gothic tombs of Andriani’s family.

The castle of Corenno Plinio is a walled castle and it was built and used as a refuge for the local inhabitants to safeguard themselves from invaders’ attacks. Its strong walls built with the local stone are adorned by battlements.

Actually the castle still is a private property, but it’s open for visit every first Saturday of each month. Visit has to be booked in advanced at the Public Library of Dervio.

We suggest you to reach Corenno Plinio on foot walking along the Wayfarer’s Path (Sentiero del Viandante).

References:

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 1363-1370
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

More Information

www.eccolecco.it

Rating

4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Vladimir Urosevic (2 years ago)
Very cute and rustic!
Ian Shepherd (2 years ago)
Beautiful church great views of Lake como
Ian Shepherd (2 years ago)
Beautiful church great views of Lake como
Ken Tischler (3 years ago)
Pretty neat little medieval village. Not much here, just the old castle (closed to public), church, and the little village. Probably not more than two dozen people live in the village. Very steep and narrow cobblestone pathways between stone homes. There is also a restaurant by the castle but it never opened in the 3 days we were here.
Aly Vee (3 years ago)
breathtaking location, incl. the nearby cloister, very well maintained. The green preserved area surrounding the place is worth a walk. located in the renowned Franciacorta area you can enjoy some food'n'wine before or after y visit
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Roman Walls of Lugo

Roman Walls of Lugo are an exceptional architectural, archaeological and constructive legacy of Roman engineering, dating from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The Walls are built of internal and external stone facings of slate with some granite, with a core filling of a conglomerate of slate slabs and worked stone pieces from Roman buildings, interlocked with lime mortar.

Their total length of 2117 m in the shape of an oblong rectangle occupies an area of 1.68 ha. Their height varies between 8 and 10 m, with a width of 4.2 m, reaching 7 m in some specific points. The walls still contain 85 external towers, 10 gates (five of which are original and five that were opened in modern times), four staircases and two ramps providing access to the walkway along the top of the walls, one of which is internal and the other external. Each tower contained access stairs leading from the intervallum to the wall walk of town wall, of which a total of 21 have been discovered to date.

The defences of Lugo are the most complete and best preserved example of Roman military architecture in the Western Roman Empire.

Despite the renovation work carried out, the walls conserve their original layout and the construction features associated with their defensive purpose, with walls, battlements, towers, fortifications, both modern and original gates and stairways, and a moat.

Since they were built, the walls have defined the layout and growth of the city, which was declared a Historical-Artistic Ensemble in 1973, forming a part of it and becoming an emblematic structure that can be freely accessed to walk along. The local inhabitants and visitors alike have used them as an area for enjoyment and as a part of urban life for centuries.

The fortifications were added to UNESCO"s World Heritage List in late 2000 and are a popular tourist attraction.