Oramala Castle

Val di Nizza, Italy

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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Marco Pirri (19 months ago)
Very suggestive and panoramic place, on fine days you can admire the hills. Not very far from Varzi. Very characteristic castle near a small quiet hamlet. Its history is very fascinating, readable at the entrance. Unfortunately I found it closed, so it was not possible to visit it inside and climb the tower. I still recommend going to see it
Alberto Sorrentino (4 years 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 (4 years ago)
Che peccato non sia fruibile, sarebbe di certo una bella risorsa ed una risposta per contribuire al nostro patrimonio culturale
Pasquale Binetti (4 years ago)
Non capisco perché un castello così ricco di storia deve restare chiuso ai visitatori!
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