Forte Sperone

Genoa, Italy

Forte Sperone is the heart of Genoa's 19th-century fortifications, located right at the apex of the 'Mura Nuove' (new walls) from 1630, which to this day take the shape of mighty ramparts nestled in the hills behind the city centre.The fort's main entrance, with the Savoy coat of arms above it, is protected by a moat and a heavy gate that was once connected to a drawbridge via two chains; other important architectural elements include a well-preserved gunpowder magazine, located in the lower part of the fort, central barracks with large rooms, and a beautiful little chapel attached to the complex.



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Via del Peralto 13, Genoa, Italy
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Founded: 1747
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Rogério Neves (11 months ago)
Lovely ruins. Not for the weary. No safeguards.
rachel Y Dos (14 months ago)
From the foot of the mountain diamante from via Trensasco to forte fratello maggiore forte fratello minore forte puin next is forte Sperone you have to climb in to see the beauty of an old fortress.... It's a pity it's not maintained well coz many who's passionate in hiking visit this place.... And if you do please don't leave your garbage to maintain it clean?
Javithali Syedisaq (2 years ago)
Location is quite Good , easy pathway to reach , Nice to hang out with group
Javithali Syedisaq (2 years ago)
Location is quite Good , easy pathway to reach , Nice to hang out with group
Vyacheslav Zharinov (2 years ago)
It's not possible to get inside. The forts are closed for visitors.
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