Suvero Castle

Rocchetta di Vara, Italy

The castle of Suvero was built in the 12th century by the Malaspinadi Villafranca on a hill overlooking the village. During the 15th century it was assigned to the Campofregoso, after Genoa had conquered the territories of the Malaspina. At the behest of King Louis XII, the Genoese returned it to the original owners. After the death of Spinetta Malaspina, lord of Suvero, it became an independent fief assigned to Rinaldo Malaspina, who probably built the castle.

There were then several lords of the Malaspina family: some of them shined for their governmental talent, while others provoked dissatisfaction among the subjects. In 1600 the villagers of Suvero decided then to submit to Spain and to Tuscany, but in the end they always returned under the rule of the Malaspina. After the beginning of the Renaissance the castle lost its defensive function and became definitively a residence. For over 200 years it was the residence of the lords of Suvero and was rarely involved in battles.

The current structure, which probably stands on a pre-existing medieval building, is trapezoidal with three fortified corners and impressive fortified towers. On the western side there is a circular fortified tower. In the 19th century the eastern fortified tower collapsed, and in 1921 the southern one was destroyed by the earthquake. Both have been restored.

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

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Gianluca Perugi (12 months ago)
Very nice from the outside the castle is private
Cinzia Borsatti (15 months ago)
Beautiful on the outside, too bad you couldn't enter...?
Gianluca Perugi (2 years ago)
Very well-kept from the outside the castle is private I don't think it's visible
Matteo Mini (2 years ago)
Truly wonderful castle is private and they do not rightly visit it because they live there and it has belonged to the Romani family for generations which has kept it very well kept.
Sara Lavagnino (2 years ago)
From the outside it is beautiful and perfectly preserved. I have never visited the interiors but I have been told that unfortunately it has been "refurbished" and that neither the furnishings nor the original architecture have been maintained.
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