Oramala Castle, Val di Nizza

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  • August 18, 2017
    A few kilometres from the unmissable Eremo di Sant'Alberto di Butrio (see review) is this strict fortress that dominates the territory for more than a Millennium from a rocky outcrop 758 m above sea level and that-to scenic location, architecture and history-is undoubtedly a valuable complementary destination. Built by Malaspina of the tenth century the fortress remained almost continuously until the end of the eighteenth century in the hands of this family, taking a more defensive and residential as well as gradually reaching its peak at the end of the XII century culture. Its present aspect, despite the alterations, it is basically the guy they hired in 1474 with the work of fortification designed to defend against new firearms, which relate the curious circular tower and the thick walls. The guided tour is conducted with competence and friendliness. Don't forget that the area offers excellent opportunities in the field.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A castle full of history and furniture and tools of the era, complete with paintings and sculptures from the middle ages, and that allowed us to do a blast from the past. The visit must be guided and with a cost of 5 euros, but well worth it to make the most of this visit. We are happy if you visited our youtube channel Excurcibus Channel, where you'll find almost all a video with the history of this castle. Best regards, the team of Excurcibus
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  • July 31, 2017
    Got a defensive fortress located few kilometers Sunday to this before Varzi, left from the lodigiano went across the rolling hills pavesi spectacular vineyards characterized by beautiful villages and, after about one hour drive we arrive in val di Nizza and from there climb decisively wooded slopes leading to the castle of Oramala sticking in a raised position to dominate the below val di Staffora.La rock can be visited at the cost of 6 euros per person , the path is conducted by guides prepared and funny (in our case) that give each historical and architectural explanation on the structure. We have learned that this was built during the middle ages by the feudatory family Malaspina to oversee the salt road, this very valuable product was brought from Liguria to Pavia and Milan with the obligation of a customs duty payable in town of Varzi. A Legion of resiedeva soldiers in the fortress and surrounding village, commanding officer of the Malaspina to ward off external attacks. Unconfirmed sources also speak of a possible stay in this place of the great Dante Alighieri connoisseur of Malaspina Lords who were fellow countrymen of the poet being originals of Carrara. Today the fortress looks altered by at least 4 towers, collapsed in the long period of neglect and unrelenting decline after the dismessione by the original owners took place around 1,700. The restoration and consolidation works are due to the current owner which from the middle of the years 80 intervened by securing the great tower which today can be visited via the various floors until terracing at the top from which on bright days you can enjoy a wonderful panorama. In the residential area called there are 2 rectangular rooms instead placed on top of each other while in the subterranean area the narrow rooms where in prisons. Still visible well fishing water a few metres in depth and a subterranean tunnel that branches off towards Varzi as hasty and secret escape route. You love history, you like to savor the flavor while walking between stones and places that were witness, the castle of Oramala will evoke your the right emotions
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  • Beautiful location surrounded by green forests oltre po pavese
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  • Quoting Fantozzi "crazy crap!". a castle converted into a summer residence and now returned the castle to get money. The premises are not the originals, there is all sorts of furniture and furnishings that have nothing to do whatsoever with the history of the castle with the contemporary life in the castle itself. All helter-skelter, haphazardly. during the visit, we did not even have seen the prisons because there were no musicians to change for the evening show. Definitely avoid! A real shame ...
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  • A great piece of history
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