Castiglione delle Stiviere Castle

Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy

The castrum in Castiglione delle Stiviere was founded probably in the 9th century, but it is much altered and restored, especially by the Gonzaga family of Mantua in the 16th century. The castle was home to a cadet branch of the House of Gonzaga, headed by the Marquis of Castiglione. Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568–1591) was born there as heir to the marquisate, but became a Jesuit. He died tending plague victims in Rome and was buried there, but his head was later translated to the basilica in Castiglione which bears his name.


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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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marie latona (17 months ago)
Lieu calme, en pleine campagne, très bien pour se détendre
Maria Gabriela Popa (18 months ago)
Area giochi bambini, campo da calcetto, bar attività per i giovani, stanze per feste di compleanno
Giovanni Maria Carrera (18 months ago)
Suggestive le due vie d'accesso al Castello, Via Teatro e Ripa del Castello dalla sommità delle quali si può godere di una bella vista sulla cittadina. L'interno del castello non offre molta fruibilità, ed è rovinato dalla poca cura che si pone al monumento, lo spazio retrostante la torre di accesso è invaso da auto. Con tutto il rispetto per la meritoria attività dell'oratorio che si trova all'interno del monumento, credo sia inammissibile che gli utilizzatori possano entrare con le auto in uno spazio monumentale di tale pregio. Un centinaio di metri a piedi non hanno mail fatto male a nessuno, tanto meno a dei ragazzini che all'interno dell'oratorio giocano poi a pallone. Inoltre la basilica di San Sebastiano, situata all'interno del castello, è chiusa e quindi non fruibile.
gregorio speranza (19 months ago)
Posto adatto alle famiglie con bambini ampio parco con giostrine campi da gioco campo calcio a 7 bar
giuseppe andrea giuliano (19 months ago)
Luogo magico, attualmente adibito ad oratorio e centro ricreativo. Da andare assolutamente a vedere nel mese di dicembre il presepe vivente
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