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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Steve Wong (11 months ago)
This is a beautiful little local castle with beautiful frescos and strong local history
Der Kobold (2 years ago)
Beautiful Castle with a lot of history of the Lombardie heritage. An incredible collection of Beard Plates is housed in the castle, 400 basins from Faenza, Savona, French, German, English, Spanish and eighteenth-century majolicas make up a unique collection in the world. The gardens, the paintings, must see! Thank you very much Rossella and Cristina for let me be there. Rossella is a great guide!
D K (5 years 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.
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