Volta Mantovana Castle

Volta Mantovana, Italy

Volta Mantovana Castle was mentioned in a deed of donation of the same to the bishop of Mantua by Beatrice Canossa in 1055. From other documents of the time, we learn that the fortification consisted of two parts, one inside and one outside the castle keep and oval , composed by a wall of pebbles and bricks about five meters high, this opened some gates and was surrounded by a moat.

From the 11th to the 14th century it was an important link in the chain of fortifications of the territories of high Mantua and, given the frequent conflicts with neighboring the Scala family, was added by the Gonzaga a second outer walls to protect even the village and the Romanesque church. It also served as a shelter for the grain grown in the area, as proof of this, in 1468 the vicar asked permission to the Marquis Gonzaga to distribute to the people of Cavriana Goito and a part of the same.

During the 15th century the Gonzaga will make building inside the fort a summer residence, what is now Palace Gonzaga – Cavriani, built close to the keep reusing part of murra boundary. In later centuries the fort was damaged either during the passage of the troops of Emperor Ferdinand II and during the independence wars of the nineteenth century. The fortifications and the castle Volta Mantovana to date remain well preserved parts of the city to the south and west of the village, other parts incorporated in homes east, while to the north the original boundary wall and a tower have been incorporated in Palace Gonzaga – Cavriani.

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Founded: 11th century
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Gaetano Cavaleri (13 months ago)
Volta Mantovana e una cittadina di origine Medioevale ancora oggi il borgo conserva nel centro storico i resti del castello eretto nell'undicesimo secolo .Oltre al castello a Volta e possibile visitare il bellissimo Palazzo Gonzaga Guerrieri Cavriani ..un tempo di proprietà dei signori di Mantova ed oggi sede comunale ..annesse al palazzo vi sono poi le due torri da cui si gode un panorama mozzafiato sulla citta e la campagna circostante .Volta si trova all'inizio delle colline Moreniche del Lago di Garda a 24 km a nord ovest di Mantova .IL clima di Volta mantovana e condizionato dalla prossimità con il lago di Garda favorisce lo sviluppo di molte specie tipiche dei climi mediterranei come l'olivo e il mandorlo che e possibile osservare in diversi luoghi fioriti soprattutto vicino alle Aie agricole un altro albero diffuso e il cipresso che e uno degli elementi più caratteristici del territorio collinare .cosa poter vedere a Volta ..Palazzo Gonzaga costruito nella seconda metà del xv secolo e un complesso di edifici con molte decorazioni ..dipinti ..fuori dalla fortezza vi e un bellissimo giardino ornato da statue ..pergolati ..logge e fontane .IL castello edificato prima dell'anno 1000 ..a difesa delle attività economiche e dei cittadini faceva parte dell'apparato difensivo degli stati Canossiani come una delle fortificazioni che doveva vigilare sui confini settentrionali .Risistemato più volte anche dai Gonzaga perviene alla sua conclusiva configurazione nei secoli XlV e XV ..Composto da una cinta muraria attorno alla quale si fondava un fossato racchiudeva oltre alla chiesa ed a una piccola cittadina un fortilizzio più interno stretto a torno al Mastio ed ad un'altra torre collocata a sud .Corazzate sono anche le porte d'ingresso specialmente la Porta Mantovana sulla quale si evidenzia un elegante Arco Gotico .
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