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Palace Tornielli
(Prov. di Alessandria)

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The palace was built on the site of an ancient medieval castle.
Ottone del Bosco, lord of Campale and Molare, ceded Molare to Genoa in the early 13th century in exchange for investiture. In 1267, he was succeeded by Tommaso Malaspina, son of Federico and Agnese del Bosco, who built the castle at Cremolino and moved there. The castle in Molare, no longer the feudal lord's residence, was demolished in 1625.

The tower and the "bridge gate" were knocked down in the early 19th century when Count Celestino Tornielli acquired the castle land and built his palace there. The noble Tornielli family has played an important role in Molare since the 16th century, serving as clerks, procurators, mayors, abbots and so on.

Originally from Novara, from the 12th and 13th centuries onwards the Torniellis owned many feuds around Novara and in Lombardy. The Molare branch received the title of count from the Savoys, and from Charles Albert the noble predicate of Crestvolant.

It seems that the neoclassical-style palace was constructed by Celestino Tornielli's master builder. On Celestino's death in 1840, the building was composed of the ground floor and first floor (the main floor), and it was his son, Giovanni, who had the third floor and the two towers added.

The palace interior was frescoed by Ignazio Tosi (1811-1861), a painter from Ovada who was also responsible for the family portrait still hanging in the hall on the ground floor.
 
INFO
Open: 2015
July: 12, 26
August: 9, 23
September: 13, 27
Visits: 15,30-18,30 Guided tours
Ticket: full price euro 7
reduced euro 5
Groups: (starting from 4 pax): open on reservations from June to September
Informations: P.za G. Tornielli, 1
15074 Molare (AL)
Tel: +39.333.4460736
Email: federico.tornielli@gmail.com
Web: www.castellipiemontesi.it
Characteristics: HISTORICAL HOME (castle, villa, palace) with mostly residential use Furnished
 
SERVICES
Cellar: It is available for wine tasting for group reservation only
Bar: No
Restaurant: No
B&B/Hotel: No
Ceremonies/weddings: Seating 200
Events/convention: Yes;
no pre-equipped rooms but equipment rent and installation is possible;
 
 
 
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