Frequently asked questions

Can you visit the castle of Illasi?

The castle of Illasi situated on the crest of a hill on the foot of which you will find the Le Cedrare restaurant is not open to the public for visiting.


Historically speaking, around 971, the castle of Illasi was contributing to the defence of the routes through the  valley.

In 1004 a document records it as the private property of the Deacon Moisè and in 1223 it is registered as being owned by the powerful Montecchi family.

In 1243 it was occupied by Ezzelino da Romano, who is indicated by Pope Nicholas IV in a papal bull, as being the rebuilder of the complex which was then in a poor state of conservation.

Privately owned by the Della Tavola family during the course of the thirteenth century, in 1269 the castle was occupied by Pulcinella delle Carceri, at war with Mastino I della Scala, who took it as his haven.

In 1280 a Paduan raid left its marks on the castle, damage which was subsequently increased by the return of Venetian troops sent in June 1405 to tear the castle from the hands of the Da Carrara.

The castle was once again witness to warring factions in 1439 when on the 28th March Nicolò Piccinino, at the service of Filippo Maria Visconti, set up camp in Illasi after having inflicted a heavy defeat on the Venetian troops.

In 1509 it was handed over as a feud to Girolamo Pompei, known as “Malanchino”, whose family had long held rights to the feud of Illasi. They continued to inhabit the “castle of Pompei” during the 17th and 18th centuries; In the 18th century they moved down to the villa built at the foot of the same hill.