Drugolo Castle

Drugolo, Italy

The Drugolo castle is located in the village with same name along the road that leads from Padenghe to Bedizzole in the morainic hills. Its construction is dated to the 10th century, perhaps by the Lombards.

It has a square plan with two corner towers and is positioned on a wall that raises it considerably, has a drawbridge and Ghibelline battlements; towards the end of the 14th century the perimeter walls were rebuilt. In its history it was owned by the Vimercati of Milan until 1436, then passed to the Averoldi of Brescia until 1935, the Lanciani Rocca and now the barons Lanni della Quara.

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Via Drugolo 2, Drugolo, Italy
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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Felix del Rio (2 years ago)
We really enjoyed our stay. Very scenic place. Highly recommended.
George Warwick (2 years ago)
Although much of the castle's internal features are long gone the residences put in in their place have been built sympathetically, worthy popping in
Emanuela Abbate (2 years ago)
Good view of the lake from an isolated hill. People live inside the Castle so be mindful
Giovanni Peroni (2 years ago)
Nice small castle overlooking the Garda lake. Spectacular view. Inside of the castle walls are several inhabited houses that deliver the sense of how the castle life was at the times.
Влад Дорда (2 years ago)
Actually from the castle there is only outer walls. Inside there are usual houses. But the view from this place is really amazing! At least because of it worth going there
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