Oramala Castle was built in the 11th century by the Malaspina ancestors and remained in family ownership, albeit with various interruptions, for many centuries. Around 1200, in its greatest splendor, it was a prestigious cultural center housing Provençal troubadours.

The castle was refortified in 1474 against the firearms. Malaspina family owned it until the 18th century, but after that it started to decay. The restoration began in 1985.

However, thanks to the restoration, today Oramala shines again. Its position, its  appearance of a fortified candy box, the many cultural events it hosts, make it a lovely destination in summer. Today it is managed by the association Spinofiorito that, between May and October, organizes guided tours and events focussing on the study and recovery of the medieval culture in the territories of the Malaspina.



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Founded: c. 1029
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Alberto Sorrentino (4 months ago)
Il più storico della valle Staffora, dove è iniziato il casato dei Malaspina. Aperto, non sempre, la domenica per visitare poche vestigia. Panorama fantastico dal torrione. Bellissime passeggiate nei boschi attorno. Per mangiare andare a Varzi
Giuseppe Giacalone (7 months ago)
Che peccato non sia fruibile, sarebbe di certo una bella risorsa ed una risposta per contribuire al nostro patrimonio culturale
Pasquale Binetti (7 months ago)
Non capisco perché un castello così ricco di storia deve restare chiuso ai visitatori!
Freddy Rovelli (8 months ago)
Bellissimo castello, purtroppo non visitabile, chiuso, ma comunque una bellissima roccaforte, consiglio una visita all'esterno, sopratutto per il paesaggio tutt'intorno, vale la pena farci un capatina!
giuseppe quattrocchi (13 months ago)
Un piccolo castello e una grande scoperta, visitato per caso in un giorno d'apertura un guida ci ha catapultato nelle dinamiche di storie, economie, amori, guerre del passato. Abbandonato per decenni è stato poi restaurato. Non conoscevo questo castello ma ha confermato la mia convinzione che in Italia esistono luoghi fantastici troppo spesso per nulla valorizzati. Se potete visitatelo ne vale la pena.
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