The renaissance of the castle of Noli
30 April 2014
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The important recycling of one of the most beautiful proofs in Ligurian Middle Ages. The castle of Monte Ursino was built in the 10th century on the hill from which it takes the name to defend Noli by the Saracen raids. After a careful recycling it is today perfectly usable.
Castello di Monte Ursino

They say that Noli, harbor set between two promontories, hidden to the winds but well known to Genoese, Savonese and Saracen sailors, was known in the Middle Ages for its seventy-two towers. Of these, only four remain today, but the past of Noli is testified by the castle of Monte Ursino and by the town walls that defended the little maritime Republic.

Noli was so powerful that it worried the “great” of the age, Genoa and Savona, and also to participate the first Crusade (1096-1099).

Deeper archaeological studies have made to correct the foundation date of the town from the 6th-7th century A.D. to the times of the republican Rome.

Noli was certainly known in Byzantine age, but already in the 2nd century B.C. goods from all over the Mediterranean Sea arrived there, as it is proved by the amphoras coming from France, Spain and Africa. To defend it by the Saracen raids, in the 10th century was built the castle, on the hill of Monte Ursino, sheer from the sea.

The intervention, with the project of appreciation of Ligurian natural and cultural resources  (Asse 4 of the Por Fesr 2007-2013) recovers the ruins of the castle of Noli, whose walls had different degrees of conservation, which are recycled and made usable. The tower, with the insertion of bulwarks and the recycling of stairs, is completely usable, and so also the outer areas. Also the courtyard of the castle has been valued with stages and benches for outdoor performances.