Senarega Castle

Senarega, Italy

Senarega Castle was built in the 12th century by the Senarega family. It had originally a tower, to which the lower block was added during the 15th century, highlighting the simple square shape of the whole block.

On the ground floor there is a large fireplace for heating the room, while on the upper floor there would have been a wooden oven for cooking food, and from here the tower could also be accessed. In addition, the building contained various rooms used as storerooms and cellars and stories of secret passages that connected the castle to the church of Santa Maria Assunta have been handed down.

The village and castle were acquired from the Senarega family by the Fieschi family in 1685, and were then sought after by Genoa in the 18th century, but they remained in the hands of the Counts of Lavagna until the imperial funds were suppressed by Napoleon Bonaparte.

References:

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

Rating

4.1/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Marina Marina (6 months ago)
It's a special experience 30 years ago. I the last time I was there will be 1987 88 but I see that it has been distorted it will be more modern but it was better before and the local priest? Is he still alive? If it would be nice to know his 5 star rating x the memories that bind me
Chiara Saffioti (6 months ago)
Enchanting village
Sigrun Weber (2 years ago)
Ein wunderschöner Ort, komfortable Zimmer in einem alten Castello sehr gutes Essen, Pasta, Brot etc. selbst gemacht, lecker! Sehr sympatische Wirte, Super Service. Sehr zu empfehlen, Man kann schöne Wanderungen und Mountainbiketouren machen
Luciana Ferrarese (2 years ago)
sergio revello (3 years ago)
Beautiful conservative restoration of an ancient noble residence, used as an Excursion Refuge. The Castle is inserted in a medieval village, near a trattoria that cooks quality local products. The whole is worth a visit
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Palazzo Colonna

The Palazzo Colonna is a palatial block of buildings built in part over ruins of an old Roman Serapeum, and has belonged to the prestigious Colonna family for over twenty generations.

The first part of the palace dates from the 13th century, and tradition holds that the building hosted Dante in his visit to Rome. The first documentary mention notes that the property hosted Cardinal Giovanni and Giacomo Colonna in the 13th century. It was also home to Cardinal Oddone Colonna before he ascended to the papacy as Martin V (1417–1431).

With his passing, the palace was sacked during feuds, and the main property passed into the hands of the Della Rovere family. It returned to the Colonna family when Marcantonio I Colonna married Lucrezia Gara Franciotti Della Rovere, the niece of pope Julius II. The Colonna"s alliance to the Habsburg power, likely protected the palace from looting during the Sack of Rome (1527).

Starting with Filippo Colonna (1578–1639) many changes have refurbished and create a unitary complex around a central garden. Architects including Girolamo Rainaldi and Paolo Marucelli labored on specific projects. Only in the 17th and 18th centuries were the main facades completed. Much of this design was completed by Antonio del Grande (including the grand gallery), and Girolamo Fontana (decoration of gallery). In the 18th century, the long low facade designed by Nicola Michetti with later additions by Paolo Posi with taller corner blocks (facing Piazza Apostoli) was constructed recalls earlier structures resembling a fortification.

The main gallery (completed 1703) and the masterful Colonna art collection was acquired after 1650 by both the cardinal Girolamo I Colonna and his nephew the Connestabile Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna and includes works by Lorenzo Monaco, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Palma the Elder, Salviati, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Pietro da Cortona, Annibale Carracci (painting of The Beaneater), Guercino, Francesco Albani, Muziano and Guido Reni. Ceiling frescoes by Filippo Gherardi, Giovanni Coli, Sebastiano Ricci, and Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari celebrate the role of Marcantonio II Colonna in the battle of Lepanto (1571). The gallery is open to the public on Saturday mornings.

The older wing of the complex known as the Princess Isabelle"s apartments, but once housing Martin V"s library and palace, contains frescoes by Pinturicchio, Antonio Tempesta, Crescenzio Onofri, Giacinto Gimignani, and Carlo Cesi. It contains a collection of landscapes and genre scenes by painters like Gaspard Dughet, Caspar Van Wittel (Vanvitelli), and Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Along with the possessions of the Doria-Pamphilij and Pallavacini-Rospigliosi families, this is one of the largest private art collections in Rome.