Restoration of the castle of Bardineto
27 February 2014
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An ancient defensive post presiding over the Bormida Valley that has been restored to host concerts and theatre shows
Il castello

Bardineto, lying in the heart of the Bormida Valley, has been inhabited since ancient times. Archaeological excavations revealed the presence of caves here that were used by the Neanderthal man as early as in the Paleolithic era.
Then, no records are available on this area until the Byzantine period, between the sixth and the seventh century, when the rivalry between the Byzantines and the Lombards led to the construction of a Byzantine-Lombard tower of semi-circular shape and featuring thick walls, whose remains, south east of St. Nicholas Church, are part of a vast defensive complex.

With the passage of the castle under the rule of the Franks, Charlemagne donated the village to the monks of San Pietro Varatella. In the twelfth century, following a division of assets owned by Marquis Bonifacio I, Bardineto too merged into the territories of Enrico il Guercio, a loyal ally of Fredrick I Barbarossa, who maintained it under its control and left it to his descendants.

The restoration of the castle, part of the project for the development of natural and cultural resources of Liguria (Axis 4 of the EU Programme Por Fesr 2007-2013) led to the construction of a decking and the installation of a mobile tensile structure for coverage purposes, thus enabling the fort, thanks to an innovative design approach, to host musical and theatre shows. The elevated structures of the castle are used as a proscenium and an auditorium was built too. The whole is completed by urban furniture, signage and monumental lighting of the ancient slits and walls.