Castles

Castello di Monastero Bormida

Originally the castle was a monastery, its tower serving as the bell tower. Over the course of the 15th century, an initial defensive structure was added by the marquises of Carretto, followed by successive renovations and extensions, like the medieval arch that unites the castle to the tower. The 27-metre-high tower, in Lombard style, has friezes and Lombard bands in brick and stone. The castle now has a 17th-century facade with a 16th-century loggia behind, which is also open to visitors. In the middle of the 19th century the Carretto family handed the property over to the Della Rovere family, who were followed by the Polleri family of Genoa, who then sold it to the municipality, the current owner. 
Opposite the castle is the characteristic bridge, and to access the interior it is necessary to go through the old entrance gate in the ancient curtain wall. 
The visit starts by following the castle's exterior perimeter, to understand its design and the history of the structure over the centuries. It continues inside, on the main floors, whose rooms, transformed in the 17th century, have mosaic floors, groined and cross-vaulted ceilings and floral and geometric frescoes. The halls are home to the recently opened farming museum. The visit continues with the upper walkways and concludes in the spacious cellars.

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13 May: Castelli Aperti and "5 Towers Trekking", starting from the Castle. Open 10.00-18.00.

5 May - 8 July: exhibition "Between light and colour. Giancarlo Ferraris and Massimo Ricci " (second floor).
July and August: "Music & Theatre in the village", concerts, shows and guided tour in the Castle.
19 August: Dinner in the Castle.
8 September - 21 October: exhibition "Rediscovering female art: Carmen Barucchi Amey" (second floor).

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2018
13 May;
10 and 24 June;
8 and 22 July;
5 and 19 August;
16 September;
7 October.

Open by appointments for groups (min. 5 people).

Guided tours every hour: 15.00-18.00.

Guided tours in english, french and deutsch by appointments.

Adult € 3; students (age 7-14) and groups (min. 30 people) € 2; free for children under 6 years.

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