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  • Belvedere Castle

    (castles, towers, bell towers a Lizzano In Belvedere)

    Contact: IAT Lizzano in Belvedere 0534/51052 - IAT Vidiciatico 0534/53159
    Loc. Monte Belvedere 40040 QUERCIOLA BO
    Tel. 0534/51052 - 0534/53159 Fax 0534/51052 - 0534/53159 ,  
    Getting here: From Querciola take the white road for Monte Belvedere and walk for about 2km. The castle is about 8km from Lizzano.

    The castle lies in the homonymous mountain, on the Apennines between Emilia and Tuscany; the panorama from here is breathtaking. The position of the castle is strategic; it was built here in 1227 as a defence against the aggression of the emperor Frederick II, who aspired to conquer towns such as Rocca, Belvedere and Cappel Buso.
The castle was once known as “Cimbriano”, possibly from the ancient word "cembro", indicating pine wood; it used to have two entrances, one on the south and one on the west, a chapel (where an iron cross currently stands, since 1904), a wide indoor cistern with a well, defensive walls with battlements and two towers at the entrance. 
In the XV century, when the seigniories started to prevail over the municipalities, the castle lost importance and part of its structures were transferred into various buildings in the area. During World War II the Gothic Line crossed this area; here the Americans conquered the German stronghold. 
This mountain has some colourful legends; the most famous one is about a young woman named Oliva, who was kidnapped, taken on top of the mountain and given to the devil in exchange of the ancient treasure of Belvedere; the devil had indeed asked for a young pregnant woman bearing the name of a plant. When the devil lifter her, he saw an image of the Madonna on her belt and dropped Oliva immediately; the young woman fell with her arms open where now lies the “cross of Oliva”, a cross shaped furrow where allegedly the grass does not grow.

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  • Information by Redazione dell'Appennino Bolognese
    Last update: 28/01/15     (NewsID: 25042)
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