Doria Castle

Porto Venere, Italy

The Doria Castle of Portovenere is a proper example of Genoese military architecture, even though it has undergone some structural modifications due to the progress of fortifications and firearms. When you first glance at Castello Doria, it looks like one solid piece. But it actually consists of two distinct parts positioned at different levels and enclosed in large Cyclopean walls.

The exact date of construction of the first fortified building is still unknown. Historic documents mention it for the first time in 1139, when the Republic of Genoa took control of the hamlet of Porto Venere. The current castle was built on the remains of the more ancient structure in 1161.

In the 13th century, the castle was at the center of the battles between Genoa and Pisa. It ended up under Nicolò Fieschi’s large fief, to eventually return under the control of the Republic of Genoa in 1276. Major reconstruction works took place between the 15th and 17th centuries, to modernize the castle according to the military and architectonic criteria of the time. At the beginning of the 19th century, during the French rule under Napoleon Bonaparte, the Castello Doria was used as a prison.

Today, this ancient fortress belongs to the Municipality of Portovenere. It underwent a series of accurate restoration works in the 1970s. Apart from welcoming hundreds of visitors for some historic sightseeing and panoramic views of the Bay of Poets, it is also a venue that hosts cultural events, art exhibitions and weddings.

 

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

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Nico Cloof (8 months ago)
Big castle, site is in nice condition. Only 5 euro entry and views are magnificent! It's worth the climb.
Raphinoj (Raphinoj) (9 months ago)
Amazing viewpoint , and great area to just relax and walk around but unfortunately even with the paid entry there is not much to see , no information point about the place , or even some texts here and there to explain the history of the castle. Though as the entry is really cheap , I can’t really be mad about it. Nice area to picnic too with a lot of benches and places to sit ! Do think of taking water with you as the area does not have any shops or Fountain !
JoseCS1989 (2 years ago)
Great viewpoint, cost 2 euro per person.
Luee Nkowode (2 years ago)
Nice hike through the old town to this viewpoint.
AperolSpritz J (2 years ago)
Great view up here. If it isn’t too hot, do the hike.
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