Maccastorna Castle

Maccastorna, Italy

Maccastorna (or Belpavone) Castle was built inthe 13th century. It has been in hands of several noble families, lates Bevilacqua Veronese family owned it until 1901.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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STEFANO GENNARI (14 months ago)
Esternamente bello. Chiuso al pubblico.
Giulio Meneghello (19 months ago)
Purtroppo è residenza privata, visto solo l'esterno, perfettamente conservato. Il piccolo borgo con la chiesa sono carini. Si dice sia il meno abitato della provincia di Lodi..
Francesco Viganego (20 months ago)
beautiful place...
valeria menichini (21 months ago)
Bella rocca, imponente e tenuta abbastanza bene. Non visitabile perché proprietà privata. Paese minuscolo, nessun bar ma una trattoria. Vicino passeggiate lungo l'Adda
Maurizio Ganzaroli (2 years ago)
Bellissimo castello di Belpavone o Roccastorna. Fu edificato a pianta quadrangolare ma irregolare nel XIII secolo dai ghibellini. Nel 1371 venne acquisito dalla nobile famiglia Vismara da Gian Galeazzo Visconti signore di Milano che nel 1385 lo regalò, assieme al feudo, a Guglielmo Bevilacqua in segno di riconoscimento dell'aiuto per essersi sbarazzato di Bernabò Visconti. Rimase della famiglia Bevilacqua fino al 190. Mantenuto molto bene e sede per eventi artistici come ANGELI E DEMONI curata dal critico Giorgio Grasso, che racchiude diverse opere di artisti internazionali di alto livello.
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