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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Mari Ube (11 months ago)
È chiuso alle visite ma è possibile aggirarlo sul lato nord e est, per ammirare la sua architettura, con alte mura ben conservate, i baluardi e il contesto naturalistico in cui è inserito. Attraverso via Castello, passando davanti alla parrocchiale di San Michele, è invece possibile arrivare al cospetto dell'entrata originaria, posta al termine di una salita. Sopra la porta una targa attesta che nel 1985 la famiglia Omodeo-Salè donò la struttura al Comune di Soiano del Lago, che procedette al restauro conservativo. Il maniero sorge in posizione sopraelevata (190 m s.l.m), a dominio del paese e del territorio circostante, facendo parte al sistema difensivo della Valtenesi. Fu eretto nel X secolo per arginare le incursioni degli Ungari e si trattava di un castello-ricetto, più volte rimaneggiato. Come per altri fortilizi vicini, la torre principale (mastio) di ingresso è stata trasformata in torre campanaria e dell'Orologio. Accanto sono sorti edifici di civile abitazione. Il parcheggio auto è possibile in vari punti, sia a valle della salita che sul lato nord.
Mario Lunghi (15 months ago)
Visible only from the outside and only in part. Not even worth parking
Joachim Ronnes (19 months ago)
A small old castle, you can visit if time allows.
Johann Wagner (22 months ago)
It's been a while. This time it was upside down, the church was open and the Castello di Soiano was closed. I do not understand that. A castle complex is a tourist attraction. We then went down Via Omodeo to the large parking lot. You can also see something of the castle wall.
nat25ala (3 years ago)
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