Ponti sul Mincio Castle

Ponti Sul Mincio, Italy

Ponti sul Mincio Castle was built in the 13th century on a moraine rock hilltop with an irregular plan, longer than it is wide, with five towers the main of which looking south east over the Mincio river. The masonry is built of river pebbles, stones and bricks. Following repetitive collapse of the western perimeter wall, diagnosis was carried out and a plan drawn up and executed for the restoration of the wall.

The project paid great attention to maintain as far as possible the materials used, with the only change being seen in the rain water drainage devices. Compatibility and mobility were also at the fore in the operation for strengthening the ramparts against seismic risk where metal structures were put in place. Full accessibility to the monument was also a priority (future maintenance is foreseen to be carried out with ropes and cables connected to the top of the structure).

The project also included the re-modelling of the ancient castle walkways, the creation of an access point to the belvedere overlooking the village and inside the fortified walls, a system of inter-connecting pathways to maximize visitor experience during events and shows.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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AGNESE MESSINA (2 years ago)
Davvero suggestivo, grazie al ragazzo che fa da guida si possono rivivere momenti storici e immergersi in una parte che fu e che è l'Italia
Vito Colletti (2 years ago)
Molto bello..
Daniela Previtali (2 years ago)
Molto semplice ma altrettanto intrigante! Super gentilissimo e ottimo oratore il ragazzo che ci ha accolto e spiegato la storia!
Marco Castagna (2 years ago)
Da vedere se siete in zona
calimero 65 (2 years ago)
Bello esternamente. Internamente è rimasto poco
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