Dolceacqua Castle

Dolceacqua, Italy

The Doria Castle is situated in a dominant position overlooking the Dolceacqua village. The first mention of the castle and the village, called at the time Dulzana, dates back to 1177 in an ancient document in which abuts the property of the counts of Ventimiglia. Will be in 1270, almost a hundred years later, the feud and its manor house will be purchased by Oberto Doria - the latter founder of the famous dynasty that will dominate Genoa and its Republic - which will expand its territories in the Nervia Valley up to the villages of Apricale, Perinaldo and Isolabona.

The castle will be in the 14th century in the center of fights between the factions of the Guelphs and the Ghibellines and the Doria family, exponent ghibellina, will therefore have to undergo two heavy sieges in 1319 and in 1329; the sieges were ordered by King Robert of Anjou, Count of Provence and the Guelfa, who succeeded in his aim of conquest forcing the Doria to submit to his will. The lords of the family will become therefore the vassals of the latter and afterwards of the Republic of Genoa. In 1744 the castle was once again the scene of clashes and furious battles because of its strategic position deemed important for the possible obstacle that could create to the French army and Spanish. The two armies, Allies, succeeded after violent struggles to conquer the fortress on 27 July 1745.

Originally the structure was composed in the 12th century by a circular tower - still existing at the center of the complex - and by a smaller building where he lived the office of guard. The castle was enlarged in the 16th century by the then lord local Stefano Doria, to which he added to the previous structure a bastion rammed in the eastern sector and the two square towers are identical. Today the structure appears as divided into two blocks, the front part was in fact intended to control and safety of the village as well as local service, prisons and warehouses; the rear, connected with the front body through a large courtyard, was instead where they were located the environments of the representation and reception of guests and where did the local lords.



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


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Lovasz Rit (7 months ago)
The view from the castle is very nice, I really liked the short film about Monet that was shown in one of the rooms. Walking through the alleys to the castle is fantastic. There is no waiting at the checkout and the welcome is very nice. dolceaqua is a very special feeling of life, super nice people, I really like it?
Frédéric La Brie (16 months ago)
Wonderful place with some much history even the painter Monet was there...
willem smit (16 months ago)
This is a must see when you are in the neighborhood. The Ponte vecchio is a great site to visit as is the very small streets in the château area. Small workshops are present but aren't all open. You need to arrive very early before 09.00 am is advised to make sure you have a parking space.
Lasse Røvik (18 months ago)
Old castle with lots of history. Just a short drive from the coast. We rented a scooter and found some parking by the base of the castle. Lots of hallways inside all the way up to the top of the castle. The hallways are lined with cozy stores selling all sorts of souvenirs. Entrance to the castle at the very top costs 6 EUR pr. Person, and they do accept credit cards. Standards are surprisingly good, with a recent display of Claude Monet. Info posters around the castle, though not all of them in English. Toilets inside. Building is not accessible for the handicapped. Great view of the village and the valley from the top.
Reinhart Lutz (2 years ago)
Very interesting town up a stream off the Italian Riviera. Visiting the castle is well worth the fee of EUR 8 in fall 2021. Grand panoramic views. Church is also worth visiting.
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