The Castle of Viano
How to get there:
Viano is 22 km from Reggio Emilia and can be reached taking the SS 467 up to Scandiano, where you continue on the SP 7. It's 35 km from Modena and can be reached taking the SS486, then the SS 467 up to Scandiano, where you continue on the SP 7. The remains of the castle can be seen on the summit of an arenaceous marly hill that brusquely interrupts the Tresinaro valley.
What is left of the castle is fruit of restoration which took place in 1970 by the proprietors. There are a few ruins of the antique dilapidated walls of 1793.
In 1335 the Fogliani were the first owners of the castle, a strategic position for their dominions in thearea.
In 1370 the construction of a new castle was underway, perhaps following destruction of the previous fortification, as is attested by a memorial slab.
The castle, except for a brief subjection t the Estensi, remained property of the Fogliani up until 1589.
In 1596 the castle passed over to Count Pompeo Aldrovandi of Bologna and remained property of his descendants until the abolition of feuds.
Last update: December 12, 2023