Arcole Castle





Arcole once belonged to the powerful caste of the Obertenghis, marquesses of Tuscany in the IXth century, who ruled over a large area in the north of Italy. Built at the same period on Spezia Gulf, the impressive military fortress of Arcole was used as a military outpost for the march of western Liguria, from where the marquesses of Massa-Corsica, a cousin branch of the Malaspinas, left towards Corsica and Northern Africa to fight against the pirates and the Saracens. These marquesses gave the castle to the monks of San Venerio del Tino monastery. Then the Malaspinas of the Spino Secco were granted it in the second half of the XIIIth century before selling it to the city of Genoa.