My visit of Selva Malvezzi antique fortress


In Italy there is a tiny village with approximately 600 inhabitants- Selva Malvezzi. At the end of the 400 it was a place fulls of splendor- the property of the noble family Malvezzi. There was a small beautiful group of buildings surrounded by forest: the Palazzo del Governatore (Governor’s residence), the Comital Palace (residence of the counts, built by Charles Malvezzi in about 1455s) and Palazzaccio (Defense Castle, now partially ruined).  Palazzaccio is one of the few surviving Renaissance fortresses in the Bologna plain.

It was built in 1491s  for the defence of the territory. The fortress remained unfinished and restored to the mid-seventeenth century. Then in 1796s after the arrival of Napoleon’s army it fell into disrepair and was used by farmers for storage and partly as a residence. There were several crashes, the last in 1985s. Today the fortress  is in a critical condition and needs of renovation.IMG_0573 IMG_0577 IMG_0613 IMG_0616

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