Somma Lombardo Castle

Somma Lombardo, Italy

Buildings at the site of Somma Lombardo Castle date from the 9th century and the fortress from the 13th century. In 1448, the brothers Francesco and Guido Visconti, took refuge in this town and castle from the forces of the Ambrosian Republic. They divided the landholdings and portions of the castle. The fortress has been amalgamated from adjacent residences, all once surrounded by a single moat. From the brother Francesco, who owned the newer portion of the castle, descend the Visconti di San Vito; while from Guido, who owned the lower and older portions of the castle, descend the Visconti di Modrone.

The San Vito castle contains frescoes attributed to the school of Camillo Procaccini and an altarpiece by Cerano. The castle also has an extensive collection of barber plates.

Parts of the castle are used for private events and open for guided tours.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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D K (7 months ago)
Even though the castle website lists closing time at 6 pm, the lady closed before 5 pm in front of us. Even to the area outside of the castle. We could only see it from the street.
Jerrel Storrud (12 months ago)
Great to see the history.
Simon Rood (15 months ago)
Beautiful summer residence of Visconti family. Houses the world's largest collection of shaving bowls!
Riccardo De Stefani (2 years ago)
Probably one of the nicest castle visited in Lombardy, with all the peculiarity gifted by the XIII century. For some is a castle while others name it a fortress. IMHO it is indeed a castle because of its common features such as, for example, its curtain wall, its gatehouse, not to forget its moat... My advice is to go visiting it and make up your mind :) Highly recommended!
Ranbir Ray (3 years ago)
On the road from Vergiate to Somma Lombardo this imposing mysterious structure suddenly appears amidst a surrounding of much more modern buildings. Couldn’t venture into greater details but.. I wish authorities would place more information around this building so that interested people could dwell deeper down into the history and marvel about the centuries gone by.
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