Cusago Castle

Cusago, Italy

The Visconti Castle in Cusago was built in the 14th century by Bernabò Visconti and used as a hunting lodge by the Visconti family, lords and dukes of Milan. The castle underwent significant changes in the Renaissance period. Today it is in a state of abandonment.

The castle of Cusago had been attended since 1369 by the court of Bernabò Visconti and after his removal from power in 1385 by his nephew Gian Galeazzo. Between 1425 and 1440 the Duke Filippo Maria Visconti devoted great attention to the castle and to the surrounding park. His mistress Agnese del Maino lived occasionally there. In 1438 a little canal (the naviglietto) was excavated to connect the castle to the nearby Naviglio Grande.

During the Ambrosian Republic (1447-1450) part of the buildings were demolished. The function of the castle as a country villa for hunting and parties was restored by Ludovico il Moro. In 1496 he hosted the emperor Maximilian I.

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Piazza Soncino 2, Cusago, Italy
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Luca Tirnusciolo (6 months ago)
Il Castello di Cusago è un bene architettonico di altissimo valore storico e culturale. Venne realizzato nel 1350 da Bernabò Visconti come residenza di campagna, in un territorio fittamente boscoso e ottimo per le battute di caccia. Quando il Castello passò a Filippo Maria Visconti, vennero effettuati una serie di interventi strutturali che trasformarono l’edificio e venne realizzato un sistema di canali che permetteva di raggiungere Cusago da Milano esclusivamente via acqua. Con Ludovico il Moro e sua moglie Beatrice d’Este il palazzo fu ricostruito e ampliato nella forma attuale e ospitò anche ambasciatori e ospiti illustri. Successivamente il Castello conobbe un periodo di declino legato alle dominazioni spagnola e francese. L'importanza di questo bene non è solo urbanistica, ma si rispecchia anche nella storia di Cusago: dall'età ducale all'età moderna si può affermare che l'intero territorio comunale ha sempre costituito un'unica pertinenza del Castello. E il Castello rappresenta infatti il nucleo più antico del comune cusaghese. Il Castello di Cusago necessita da tempo di sostanziali interventi di recupero, in particolare sulle coperture, divenuti ormai urgenti.
Angelo Aloia (10 months ago)
Perche sarebbe da restaurare Poi meriterebbe 5 stelle
Roberto Nezi (11 months ago)
Tanta potenzialità ma praticamente un rudere, sempre chiuso, sempre in ristrutturazione, peccato
Demetrio Di Benedetto (11 months ago)
Bello ma sempre in ristrutturazione da quando lo vedo io non l ho mai visto dentro e non so neanche se è accessibile
Roberto Rolla (12 months ago)
Una vera delusione. Lasciato in balia del tempo e al degrado incivile dell'amministrazione di chi se ne dovrebbe occupare. La struttura è chiusa e non è accessibile, un vero peccato.
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