- Art & Culture
Dal Verme Castle
It was built as a military outpost and has proved itself impregnable with its strong walls
via Carlo Dal Verme, 4, Zavattarello (PV)
Built in the 10th century, the castle belonged to the Dal Verme family for six centuries, is an imposing quadrangular structure that overlooks the medieval town of Zavattarello and the surrounding valley.
It was built as a military outpost and has proved itself impregnable with its strong walls – as thick as four metres in certain sections – which have resisted many sieges. One of the castle’s unique features is the intricate system of internal staircases connecting every room. From the terrace and the top of the tower visitors can enjoy the stunning views of the countryside, the hills, the forests of the Oltrepò Pavese region up to the Po valley.
The castle is also surrounded by a beautiful nature reserve that spans over 80 hectares, an area of great interest from an environmental and naturalistic standpoint.
The interiors have been completely renovated and are now the perfect setting for various cultural events and festivals. Since 2003 the top floor has been home toa museum of contemporary art dedicated to Giuseppe and Titina Dal Verme.
Opening times: variable.
Admission: only paid guided tours.