Soave was a Roman center on the via Postumia that connected Aquileia to Genoa. There are different names about the origin of current name: according to one theory, it could derive from the Suebi (sometimes called Soavi in medieval Italian).
The castle was cited for the first time in occasion of the Magyar invasions (934).
In 1797-1805 the Soave city was under French rule. In 1809 there were small fights between French and Austrian troops in the vicinity. Later Soave was included in the kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia, and in 1866 became part of Italy.
This monumental fortication probably dates back to the early 10th century, at the age of the hungarian invasions, commissioned by the Italian king Berengario I.
As Federico Barbarossa stated in a diploma, Sambonifacio were the first feudatories who owned the castle until the early 13th century.
The fortalice importance grew under the Scaligeri’s domination due to its strategic location: it was restored by Cansignorio who also strengthened it, in 1375, with the construction of the big boundary walls that enclose the village.
In 1387, following the fall of the Scaligeri’s seigniory, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, lord of Milan, took possession of Soave Castle in which he put as his deputy Balzarino da Pusterla. In 1404 Da Carrara, lords of Padua, succedeeded Visconti as owners of the castle until, on June 23rd 1405, they were defeated by the Republic of Venice that declared: “Rocha Suapis utilissima nostro dominio”.
Still today the current owner continues the work of the beloved great grandfather, grandfather and father with endless fondness, taking tender care of the Castle in order to preserve inaltered the magnificent beauty.
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