Villimpenta Castle

Villimpenta, Italy

Villimpenta Castle was built in the 11th century asa fortified monastery. It was restored and strenghtened in the 14th century by Scaligeri family. Today towers and curtain walls exist.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Giancarlo Martini (2 years ago)
Un tesoro ereditato dalla storia ! Da conservare con grande cura.
Tiziano Negretto (2 years ago)
Bellissima fortificazione medioevale in terra di confine mantovano veneta.. Da vedere assolutamente
GIORGIO BIGI (2 years ago)
Visita alla torre che ha del fantastico. Scale a con gabbia per una salita in sicurezza. Piano di vetro per vedere quanto sia alta. Scala a chiocciola nel tratto intermedio. Ultimo tratto con gabbia, ripidissimo oggi non si sale in sommità, è sera, le luci in distanza dei paesi, posto di osservazione splendido. Esperienza unica.
Giuseppe Rossini (2 years ago)
Paesaggio ancora incorniciati dalla natura ma sopratutto da bella gente orgogliosa del loro dignitoso passato.
Ombretta Furia (2 years ago)
Bellissimo..la torre era aperta...siamo saliti fino quasi all'ultimo tratto..ma le ultime 2 rampe erano molto strette e non ce l'abbiamo fatta. Ritenteremo alla prossima visita. Da ripetere!
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