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Levizzano s ' Castle

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Castelvetro di Modena, Emilia Romagna, IT

Category: Villa&Castle

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ITALY

An ancient tradition has it that the tower of the castle of Levizzano, still called "Matildica", was commissioned by Countess Matilda of Tuscany, who owned this lands from the 11th to the 12th century.
In reality, the tower may be even older, since the nucleus of this fortification existed as early as the 9th century - the first reliable information about the Castle of Levizzano Rangone are found in a document dating back to 890 - and a document dated 1038 mentions the presence of a castle surrounded by walls. During this era the fortress was probably a simple enclosure protected by a moat, comprising a number of buildings including the castle chapel. Over time this original nucleus was extended and furnished with additional defensive structures, so that in the 14th century the complex included at least two towers, the feudal palace and various appurtenances.
The standing church, now deconsacrated, was built to replace the chapel at the end of the 16th century.
Dimensions and structure of the castle remained unchanged during the following centuries, until 1800, when the Castle became a property of the local government of Castelvetro who made the first restorations.
Projects of reuse of the whole castle are now being executed, after the structural and reinforcement interventions carried out as from 1982.
The feudal palace features interesting 16th century frescoes and noteworthy painted coffered ceilings, while traces of painting remain in the tower, in a room most likely used as a chapel. An underground passage of very ancient origin once connected the palace to the tower. Of notable interest, it can still be visited in all its lenght.
At present, the areas of the building which have been restored and are being used are the Church, the Gallery, seat of the Enoteca (the Wine Cellar), and the Matilda's Tower, seat of various, important associations (The Association of Balsamic Vinegar Tasters, the Association of Italian Sommeliers, the Association of Modena Restaurants' owners, the Italian Association of Oenology and Oenotechnology, and the Association "Terre di Castelvetro").



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