Cassano d'Adda Castle

Cassano d'Adda, Italy

The Visconti Castle is a castle of Middle Age origin located in Cassano d'Adda. It received the current form in the 14th century, when Bernabò Visconti, lord of Milan, enlarged the existing fortification as part of a defensive system of the Visconti dominions on the Adda river. At the end of the 20th century, after a period of abandonment, it was restored and transformed into a hotel.

A castle in the area is supposed to have existed since the carolingean time. Near the castle, on 27 September 1259, the Battle of Cassano was fought between the two Milanese factions supporting Ezzelino da Romano and Martino Della Torre. The battle ended with the defeat of Ezzelino and the confirmation of the Della Torre family as lords of Milan.

The castle was acquired by the Visconti house after their victory over the Della Torre in the fight for the lordship of Milan. In 1355, it was assigned to Bernabò within the division among him and his brothers Matteo II and Galeazzo II. Between 1355 e 1370, Bernabò, who had received the eastern portion of the Visconti territories, built a defensive line along the Adda river. As part of it, the existing fortification of Cassano d'Adda was strengthened and enlarged.

In the 15th century, Francesco Sforza consolidated the castle with the imposing buttresses, elevated over the Muzza canal, which today characterise the castle.

In the following centuries, lost its military importance, the castle was used for different purposes: warehouse, prison and recovery for homeless people. In the 20th century, restoration works were undertaken, bringing back the castle to its original features. During these works, Middle Age frescos were discovered on the walls and on the vaulted ceilings and accordingly preserved.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Igor (14 months ago)
Restaurant Il Bistro del Castello The food was very tasty, scallops and fish umbrina and then cheese plate. Very fresh products and delicious cooking. Recommend wines were great. We could try Prosecco, 2 white and 1 red. By glass but great selection from the sommelier. Service was amazing.
Natalie Jada (23 months ago)
Absolutely phenomenal venue and hotel. Top notch service and exceptional COVID cleaning and maintenance. The castle itself is a history lover's paradise. Breakfast service was excellent with delicious options for every taste.
Alex Dumi (2 years ago)
Stayed there couple of nights. Very pleasant experience, very polite and helpful staff. A very special place, full of history. A place where I would return with great pleasure at any time.
Nicole R. (3 years ago)
The building is spectacular that's why I give 2 stars and not just one. The food and sevice in the restaurant were amongst the worst I have ever experienced in Italy.
Alexandre P. (3 years ago)
Different from typical hotels. Great view and amazing breakfast. Rooms are clean and comfortable
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