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What to see in Dolceacqua, Imperia

  • Via Doria, 16, Dolceacqua (IM)

The Doria Castle is inserted in the historic village of the village of Dolceacqua, overlying the inhabited area and situated in a dominant position. The first mention of the castle and the village of Dolceacqua, called at the time Dulzana, dates back to 1177 in an ancient document in which abuts the property of the counts of Ventimiglia. Will be in 1270, almost a hundred years later, the feud and its manor house will be purchased by Oberto Doria - the latter founder of the famous dynasty that will dominate Genoa and its Republic - which will expand its territories in the Nervia Valley up to the villages of Apricale, Perinaldo and Isolabona.

The castle will be in the XIV century in the center of fights between the factions of the Guelphs and the Ghibellines and the Doria family, exponent ghibellina, will therefore have to undergo two heavy sieges in 1319 and in 1329; the sieges were ordered by King Robert of Anjou, Count of Provence and the Guelfa, who succeeded in his aim of conquest forcing the Doria to submit to his will. The lords of the family will become therefore the vassals of the latter and afterwards of the Republic of Genoa. In 1744 the castle was once again the scene of clashes and furious battles because of its strategic position deemed important for the possible obstacle that could create to the French army and Spanish. The two armies, Allies, succeeded after violent struggles to conquer the fortress on 27 July 1745.

Originally the structure was composed in the XII century by a circular tower - still existing at the center of the complex - and by a smaller building where he lived the office of guard. The castle was enlarged in the XVI century by the then lord local Stefano Doria, to which he added to the previous structure a bastion rammed in the eastern sector and the two square towers are identical. Today the structure appears as divided into two blocks, the front part was in fact intended to control and safety of the village as well as local service, prisons and warehouses; the rear, connected with the front body through a large courtyard, was instead where they were located the environments of the representation and reception of guests and where did the local lords.

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Giovanni Morscio Gallery
Giovanni Morscio Gallery
The Giovanni Morscio Gallery is situated in the village of Dolceacqua, in Liguria.
Via Doria, 2-6, Dolceacqua (IM)
0.07 Kilometers from Doria Castle
Sundial of the Church of Visitation
Sundial of the Church of Visitation
The Church of the Visitation in the village of Perinaldo, in Liguria, is traditionally linked to the figure of the astronomer G.D.Cassini
Via Visitazione, 1, Perinaldo (IM)
3.84 Kilometers from Doria Castle
The Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli
The Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli
The Church fortress of the Madonna degli Angeli dates back to the year 1000. Transformed into a place of worship in 1400, is completely frescoed in cycles that go from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.
Via degli Angeli, Apricale (IM)
4.08 Kilometers from Doria Castle
Church of the purification of the Virgin Mary
Church of the purification of the Virgin Mary
on the top of the bell tower was fixed a bicycle facing upwards.
Via Fiume, 1, Apricale (IM)
4.21 Kilometers from Doria Castle
Astronomical Observatory G.D. Cassini
Astronomical Observatory G.D. Cassini
The Astronomical Observatory is located inside the premises of the Town Hall of the village of Perinaldo, in Liguria.
Piazza Mons. Antonio Rossi, 19, Perinaldo (IM)
4.25 Kilometers from Doria Castle
Castle of the Lizard
Castle of the Lizard
The Feudal castle was erected in the X century approximately by the counts of Ventimiglia and belonged then to the noble family of the Doria. Therein is housed the Museum of the history of Apricale, where are kept the famous medieval statutes apricalesi o
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 3, Apricale (IM)
4.26 Kilometers from Doria Castle
Ancient Musical Instruments Museum
Ancient Musical Instruments Museum
The Museum of ancient musical instruments is located in the village of Seborga, in Liguria.
Via G. Verdi, 10, Seborga (IM)
6.16 Kilometers from Doria Castle
Church of San Martino
Church of San Martino
The Church of San Martino is located in the heart of the village of Seborga, in Liguria.
Via Antonio Maccario, 9, Seborga (IM)
6.20 Kilometers from Doria Castle
Church of San Bernardo
Church of San Bernardo
Inside the church you can admire the cycle of frescoes by Giovanni Canavesio on Passion and the Final Judgment (1462), inspired by the christian dramaturgy.
Piazza Umberto I, 1,, Pigna (IM)
9.58 Kilometers from Doria Castle

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