Soave looks like a small medieval town, dominated by the castle and surrounded by 24 towers, lapped by the Tramigna river. The first human settlements starts in the stone age. During the Roman times there were an important "pagus" along the Postumia road. The historical center, was founded in "epoca Longobarda" , in the 500, by a tribe of Svevi from which derive the name "Suaves", "Suevi" then became "Soavi" and finally Soave.
The first documents go back to the X century, the manor looks like a typical medieval military artifact, rises on Tenda mount and dominated the valley. The fortalice, mentioned by Federico Barbarossa in the 1100, belong to Sanbonifacio lord of Verona. In 1237 was owned by the Greppi family that in 1270 gave to municipality of Verona.
Under the domination of the Scaligeri, Soave with its Castle grew so much that its walls were often restored and reinforced. Bad fights lit up for his possession. In 1338 it was conquered by Rolando de' Rossi from Parma and again by Matino II. After the Scaligeri dynasty, it passed into the Visconti of Milan and then the Carrara of Padova.
In 1405, with the help of the Gonzaga, start the domination of the Repubblica di Venezia.
It began a period of peace that lasted for centuries until the arrival of Napoleone Bonaparte.
The centre of Soave offer many monuments as: il Palazzo dei Conti Sambonifacio del XIII sec., il Palazzo dei Conti Cavalli del 1411, il Palazzo di Giustizia ed il Palazzo del Capitano del 1375, il Palazzo Pullici del XV sec. Abitazione di Ippolito Nievo, il Palazzo dei Conti Moscardo del XVII sec., il Duomo di S. Lorenzo martire del 1303, le Chiese di S. Giorgio del XI sec., di Santa Maria di Monte Santo dei Padri Domenicani del 1443, di San Rocco del XV sec., di Sant'Antonio del 1667 ed il Santuario di Santa Maria della Bassanella del XI sec.
The Castle of Soave is a tipical military building from Medio Evo: around the high tower develop the walls that gathers three courtyard, different in shape, size and level. The walls enclose the entire medieval village.
Today the Castle is very popular and has many visitors every day.
Below possible find the tariff for visiting the castle that is reachable by walk from Piazza dell' Antenna or by car.
Price of Soave Castle:
adults 7 euro
summer: 9.00-12.00 e 15.00-18,30
The Castle will be close every Monday.