Soiano Castle

Soiano, Italy

Soiano Castle overlooks the village of Soiano del Lago. It was built already in the 10th century against the Hungarian invasions and was also the meeting place for the heads of families in Chizzoline and Soiano. In order to oppose the feared Savoy army a further gate was constructed to close the castle. Currently the manor is once again the property of the Commune.

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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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nat25ala (2 years ago)
Beutifullplace
Enzo Ferrari (2 years ago)
Questa sera, abbiamo assistito allo spettacolo dei fratelli Cinelli intitolato snasa , è stato magnifico. Complimenti alla pro loco e comune di Soiano
Federico (2 years ago)
La costruzione , di aspetto decisamente medievale sì presenta parzialmente restaurato con delle bellissime mura Merlate, al suo interno vengono allstiti ed organizzati spettacoli di vario genere , a cominciare da concerti di ogni tipo tenuti da artisti di vario genere , oltre che spettacoli teatrali e proiezioni di film , a volte anche per bambini. All'interno delle Mura possiamo trovare anche un fornito servizio di ristoro con bevande , che funziona perfettamente , per tutto il periodo estivo , durante gli spettacoli.
Robyn Burton (2 years ago)
Absolutely beautiful place, definitely worth a visit
Daniel Stadsnes Foss (3 years ago)
Well worth a visit.
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