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  • Serravalle Castle

    (castles, towers, bell towers a Castello Di Serravalle)

    Contact: Ufficio Turismo - Public Library Castello di Serravalle - Tel.: 051.671.07.03 e 051.671.07.28
    Via della Rocca 40050 Castello di Serravalle - Loc. Serravalle BO
    Getting here: From Bologna: main roads SS 569 - SP 27 - SP 70, about 35km 
    From Modena: main roads SS 623 - SS 569 - SP 70, about 35km
    Easy to access with private and public transport; car and coach parking available.
    Opening days: To visit the church contact the priest (0039 051.670.48.37); contact the municipality for the castle and teh tower (tel.0039 051.671.07.28)
    Admission free: Free admission

    This is one of the most beautiful castles of the valley of the Samoggia river; it still has a Medieval atmosphere. The castle already existed as a fortress during Roman-Byzantine times, when it was called "Verabulum" and was one of the most important fortresses of the empire. The building is surrounded by stone houses, a tower and cypresses; it exudes a sense of history. The Lombards destroyed the early fortress in the VIII century due to its strategic position (military as well as climatic); it was later rebuilt on the ancient ruins in the Middle Ages. In 800 AD it hosted Charles the Great on his journey to Rome. Until 1109 it was part of Matilde di Canossa’s feud; then Modena and Bologna fought over it for a while until it was definitely conquered by the Bolognese in the XIV century. Boccadiferro was the owner of the castle and of the buildings around it. Around this time, the castle was at the height of its splendour with a great fortification system, a stronghold, towers inside and outside the walls, underground passages and a moat. The walls measured 128 Bolognese “pertiche” in length (500mt circa). Its strategic position, dominating the borders of the territory of Modena as well as being on an important route, always made it a very contested castle, for which numerous battled where fought; its history includes famous names such as John the Hawkwood and Fortebraccio from Montone. Around 1450 the walls and the towers were partially destroyed, like many other castles. In the XVI century it took on the current features, those of a noble family’s residency, surrounded by a small village; it is made of cotto and the façade and the side walls still show remains of the original pointed arches.

  • Other info:
    • Castello di Serravalle - Loc. Serravalle

  • Information by Redazione dell'Appennino Bolognese
    Last update: 02/02/15     (NewsID: 10125)
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