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Castle of Piovera
(Prov. di Alessandria)

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Dramatic and impressive, the Castello di Piovera is located just a few kilometres from the “Alessandria Est” exit of the A21 motorway.

Surrounded by an extensive park with an attached farm, the castle is still defended by its curtain walls and moat dating back to the 14th century.

Built on the site of previous Roman and Carolingian encampments and the ruins of a convent, the castle was constructed as a fortress by the Visconti family of Milan. It then passed into the hands of the Mandellis, the Gallaratis, the Spanish Omodeis, the Sforzas and then the Savoys, who conferred the Piovera estate to Francesco Maria Balbi, the last feudatory.

In the 19th century it was transformed into the Romantic-style noble residence seen today, though the original U-shaped structure was kept intact. The castle still shows traces of black plaster, perhaps applied in mourning for the death of Napoleon Bonaparte.

In the 1960s it passed into the hands of the pioneering Count Niccolò Calvi di Bergolo who opened it to the public, becoming an example to other owners of private historical residences.
More information: www.castellodipiovera.it
 
 
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