Caccia Castle

Caccia Castle

Caccia Castle, locally known as Rocca dei Caccia or Castello di Castellazzo Novarese, lies in the village of Castellazzo Novarese, in the Novara province in the Piedmont region in Italy.

The present castle was preceded by an earlier fortification which belonged to the powerful Da Camodeia family, called 'the Castellaccio' and at least dated back to the 12th century, when this fortification passed to the Count of Biandrate. After the death of the count however the power of his county waned and the fortification fell into disuse.

In the early 15th century the powerful Caccia family from Novara acquired lots of rights and lands in the area, amongst them the, by then abandoned, Camodeia fortification. Between 1470 and 1490 the Caccias then raised the mighty Caccia Castle on the ruins of the earlier fortification. They would then hold the castle for the next centuries until the abolition of feudalism in the early 19th century.

The castle now looks like a vast and imposing complex of buildings from different eras, from the 15th to the 17th century and beyond. Originally it was encompassed by a wet moat of which only a small part remains.

At present the castle is private property but stands empty and abandoned and is slowly crumbling away. Sadly enough it can not be accessed. A beautiful castle, sad to see it deteriorate like this.


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Caccia Castle

Caccia Castle

Caccia Castle, locally known as Rocca dei Caccia or Castello di Castellazzo Novarese, lies in the village of Castellazzo Novarese, in the Novara province in the Piedmont region in Italy.

The present castle was preceded by an earlier fortification which belonged to the powerful Da Camodeia family, called 'the Castellaccio' and at least dated back to the 12th century, when this fortification passed to the Count of Biandrate. After the death of the count however the power of his county waned and the fortification fell into disuse.

In the early 15th century the powerful Caccia family from Novara acquired lots of rights and lands in the area, amongst them the, by then abandoned, Camodeia fortification. Between 1470 and 1490 the Caccias then raised the mighty Caccia Castle on the ruins of the earlier fortification. They would then hold the castle for the next centuries until the abolition of feudalism in the early 19th century.

The castle now looks like a vast and imposing complex of buildings from different eras, from the 15th to the 17th century and beyond. Originally it was encompassed by a wet moat of which only a small part remains.

At present the castle is private property but stands empty and abandoned and is slowly crumbling away. Sadly enough it can not be accessed. A beautiful castle, sad to see it deteriorate like this.


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