An initial fortified nucleus, located on top of the hill, already existed in the 13th century. The castle began to take on its current appearance thanks to the Saluzzo della Manta family in the early 15th century. It now looks like the typical result of the gradual metamorphosis of a medieval castle into a complex of constructions from different eras and styles, with a progressive loss of almost all the features of a fortification, and the acquisition of the appearance of a noble residence. The baronial hall of the Castello della Manta is home to one of the most amazing examples of the international Gothic painting style. Valerano, the lord of Manta since 1416, worked organically to construct his castle according to the functional and decorative models of the late Gothic era. The most important testimony from this period is the cycle of frescoes that entirely covers the grand baronial hall. The series of nine heroes and nine heroines of antiquity and the scene of the Fountain of Youth were frescoed a little after 1420 by an unknown painter called the "Master of Manta". The social and political message, represented by the cycle of Worthies and Heroines on view to anyone who entered the hall to confer with Valerano, was clearly self-celebratory. The characters, exemplars of virtue and heroism, taken from the classic tradition, are wearing precious garments closely mirroring the fashions in international courts in the early 15th century, and they were presumably based on members of the Saluzzo della Manta family.
The hall of the grotesques commissioned by Michelantonio in 1560 in the reception apartment is one of the most important rooms in the castle. The cloister vault, with groins, is entirely decorated with paintings and stuccowork, depicting the plant-like shapes typical of the grotesque, classic ruins and Renaissance architecture and allegories of the Virtues.
The church of Santa Maria al Castello has two spaces of particular interest. In the apse is a cycle of frescoes of episodes from the life of Christ, produced at almost exactly the same time as the cycle in the baronial hall. And Michelantonio's square funeral chapel is topped by an elegant octagonal cupola.
Currently the property of the FAI, it was donated in 1984 by Elisabetta De Rege Provana.
Location for private events and shootings.
3 March - 9 December: Fair Play Family (tour and games for families with kids age 5-12 anni).
11 March, 22, 29 and 30 April, 20 May, 3 June and 16 September: special tour "Telling the Castle" (at 11.30, 15.30).
2 April: Pic-nic in the Garden.
8 April and 7 October: "Adventures in the Castle", family tour (14.00-18.00).
25 April, 1 May, 15 August and 1 November: "Look at th Castle", special tour.
18 March, 15 April, 13 May and 23 settembre: "Naughty servants", special tour (14.00-18.00).
28 April, 2 June and 15 September: "Music in the Castle" (15.00-18.00).
6 May: "Dance in the Castle" (14.00-18.00).
13 May: Castelli Aperti.
27 May: "Forgotten Toys Competition" for families.
6 July - 31 August: every Friday night special tour (20.00-23.00).
10 and 17 August: Night at the Castle "Astronomers for one night" (20.00-23.00).
26 August, 30 September and 21 October: "Art and natur at the Castle", special tour at 15.30.
28 October: "Wicked Castle", for families (14.00-18.00).
31 October: "Shadow and mystery in the Castle", special tour (19.00-23.00).
4, 11, 18 and 25 November: "Galuperie: art, music and tasting", special tour (14.30-17.30).
1, 2, 8 and 9 December: Christmas time at the Castle.
3 March - 9 December:
Tuesday-Sunday and holidays (Easter, 2 and 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 December).
Open by appointment for groups (min. 15 people): ticket extratime.
last admittance at 17.15.
Guided tours by appointment: in english, french and german, active tours for school.
Adult € 8;
Abbonamento Musei Card € 5,5;
students (age 4-14) € 4;
free for children under 4, FAI, National Trust.
In case of special events tickets may vary.