Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena

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Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
Comune di Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
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Coat of arms of Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
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Location of Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena is located in Italy
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
Location of Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena in Italy
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena is located in Liguria
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena (Liguria)
Coordinates: 44°8′N 8°7′E / 44.133°N 8.117°E / 44.133; 8.117
CountryItaly
RegionLiguria
ProvinceSavona (SV)
Government
 • MayorMarino Milani
Area
 • Total16.4 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Elevation
420 m (1,380 ft)
Population
 (30 June 2017[2])[3]
 • Total136
 • Density8.3/km2 (21/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Castelvecchiesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
17034
Dialing code0182

Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena (Ligurian: Castrevëgio) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Savona in the Italian region Liguria, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southwest of Genoa and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Savona.

History[edit]

In the 12th and 13th centuries, Castelvecchio was part of the fiefdom of the Marquis of Clavesana. Gradually it lost importance as the centre of local feudal power shifted to the nearby fief of Zuccarello. In 1623 Castelvecchio was acquired by the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia under the House of Savoy. After the castle was besieged in 1672, the Castelvecchio was ceded to the Republic of Genoa. In 1746 , following the Spanish War of Succession a failed attempt was made by the Piedmontese army to take the village and the castle. In 1815 Castelvecchio once more became part of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia and following Italian unification in 1861 it became part of the Kingdom of Italy.[4][5]

Architecture[edit]

The village is characterised by old stone houses clustered around an ancient castle.

The Castello dei Clavesana, which dates from around the 9th-10th centuries, towers over the village on a large rocky promontory. From the 11th century onwards, the castle was developed and village grew up outside the castle walls.[6]

Castelvecchio has been named as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy by the Borgh Italia association.[5]

Geography[edit]

Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena borders the following municipalities: Balestrino, Bardineto, Erli, Garessio, Toirano, and Zuccarello. The village gets its name from a nearby mountain called Rocca Barbena.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Comune di Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena - La Storia". www.comune.castelvecchio.sv.it (in Italian). Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena". I Borghi più Belli d'Italia (in Italian).
  6. ^ "Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Italy". www.italythisway.com. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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