Belgioioso Castle

Belgioioso, Italy

Belgioioso is noted for its medieval castle, the seat of the Belgiojoso family.  It is believed to have been the initiative of Galeazzo II, who had it built on the extensive landholdings of the Visconti family in the second half of the 14th century. Francis I of France was held there after the Battle of Pavia.

This historic monument now offers a stunning setting for public and private events, including weddings and company parties.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Roberto Buzzi (2 years ago)
Love it. Beautiful views of the Ticino river and the city. A romantic spot too.....
richard beazley (2 years ago)
The best wedding ever, with the most amazing people, thank you Benni and Susana I love you xxx
Sandy Stellato (2 years ago)
All vintage... interesting some things over priced.
Riccardo Bottani (3 years ago)
Amazing place to visit! Spring and Autumn are the best times to enjoy a day at the castle as they host great fairs. The park is beautiful too and there is a food trucks area in the inner garden
Negin Mansouri (3 years ago)
Amazing day spent at Castello di Belgioioso. The castle is one of the most breathtaking historic landmarks near milan and the garden adds to its beauty. We visited there for the “Next Vintage” fair which was a unique shopping experience as well as being very well-organized. I would definitely like to go back there for other events as well. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
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The castle (12th–13th century), which overlooks the town from a high crag, was formerly the seat of the Dukes of Normandy. The construction was started on the site of an earlier castle in 1123 by Henry I of England, with the 'large keep' (grand donjon). Later was added the 'small keep' (petit donjon). The tower built in the first quarter of the 12th century contained a hall, chapel, and a room for the lord, but no small rooms for a complicated household arrangement; in this way, it was similar to towers at Corfe, Norwich, and Portchester, all in England. In 1202 Arthur I, Duke of Brittany was King John of England's nephew, was imprisoned in Falaise castle's keep. According to contemporaneous chronicler Ralph of Coggeshall, John ordered two of his servants to mutilate the duke. Hugh de Burgh was in charge of guarding Arthur and refused to let him be mutilated, but to demoralise Arthur's supporters was to announce his death. The circumstances of Arthur's death are unclear, though he probably died in 1203.

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