Castles of Piemonte, Montalto Dora ~ Romancing Italy

Jan 23, 2011

Castles of Piemonte, Montalto Dora

Montalto Dora is situated on S26 in the Province of Torino, close to Ivrea on your way toward Aosta. The fortress is one of many, as Piemonte has been generously sprinkled with castles, monasteries and churches. Ivrea is not that far from Borgosesia, so I packed my furry companion and off we went in search of the old.

Castle at Montalto Dora
The castle changed ownership many, many times and survived numerous wars, most of which were between Italy's nobility. During the assault of 1641 between Ivrea and the Duke of Savoy, the fortress was destroyed inside but the exterior was left intact. The architect Alfredo d'Andrade (1839-1915) who was particularly interested in the restoration of medieval architecture and the delegate for the conservation of Piemontese and Ligurian monuments, made some restorations in 1890. He did not touch the corner pinnacles, the 2-light mullion windows, the terracotta windows nor the battlements. 


We parked near the trail-head for the "Old Road", now a hiking trail to the castle. The castle is not open all year round, and certainly was not today, but it's used for special occasions, and markets. This trail then opens up for traffic as it leads to a parking lot that is situated a short distance below the castle. I never saw if there is another road leading out the other side of the hill, but there has to be, considering this one is so narrow. What would you do if you went up and then changed your mind?!

Trail leading to the castle, short distance
At the base of the trail-head, there is also a small picnic area, with running water. Tala didn't find it as interesting as the little pond above the picnic space where she could put all four paws, and muzzle under water.



And those muddy paws then went into the car.


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