Castello Area - Incudine

Castello Area - Incudine

Location

Loc. Castello
25040 Incudine , BS
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D. M. Tognali has the Incudine castle date back to the late 9th century, placing its construction in the context of the Hungarian invasions. Their passage is indeed recalled in Incudine by popular tradition. According to G. Berruti, the Incudine castrum, along with other similar sites in Upper Valle Camonica,
was part of a plan of alpine fortresses already built since the 6th century to protect the Po Valley from invasions. The site of the Castello, a hillock above the town of Incudine al Solivo, overlooks the traced route of the ancient Valeriana Road. A few traces are left from the original structure. The current remains, not yet subjected to specific studies, seem to date back to the epoch of the Venetian rule (15th-18th centuries). A legend spread among the Incudine residents would have the castle go back to the time of the Longobard rule, and says that the “pagan” lords of the fortress, when Charlemagne arrived, would have fused all their riches in a golden idol shaped like a calf. While they fled through the underground passages, however, they were crushed by the collapsing tunnels, and their bodies may still lie below the Castello together with their treasure.
IN THE SURROUNDINGS
In the Contrade area, north of Incudine al Solivo, there are ruins of ancient tower-houses belonging to the noble Viola family. Also north of town, to the right of the national road, it’s possible to see the remains of the ancient bridge called “the Wolf’s Leap”.
In Incudine: the parish church of St. Maurizio; the church of St. Bernardino, in the Vago area.