Riomaggiore Castle

Castle in Riomaggiore

Castle Of Riomaggiore
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The Riomaggiore castle is an integral element of the village’s distinctive panorama, greeting you as you gracefully descend along the cobbled road or traverse the steep path that descends from the provincial road towards the village. Often referred to as the “Castellazzo di Cerricò,” owing to its location atop the hill of the same name, this defensive stronghold traces its origins to the thirteenth century.

Initially erected in 1260 by the Turcotti marquises, its construction was eventually completed by the Republic of Genoa during the 15th and 16th centuries, following the rule of Nicolò Fieschi. Sporting a quadrilateral foundation with its longer sides gently converging towards the sea, the castle’s character is marked by two substantial, squat circular towers that punctuate its walls. However, only the remnants of the curtain wall endure, a testament to its tumultuous history.

In the early 19th century, during Napoleon’s era, the castle was filled with earth and repurposed as a cemetery, adding another layer to its storied existence.


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Visiting Riomaggiore Castle

Address: Castello di Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore, SP, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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