The Castle of Camino stands on the slopes of Monferrato. Immersed in a large park of ancient trees, it presents itself with a crenellated body surmounted by a tower from where it is possible to admire a wonderful panorama that goes from Monferrato to the Po valley, up to the circle of the Alps.
Castello di Camino History
The Castle of Camino stands on the hill overlooking the town and represents one of the most scenic castles in the Monferrato.
Founded by the Aleramic, it has walls and crenellated towers. The first nucleus, built for defensive purposes, dates back to the 11th century. Passed into the properties of the Marquis of Monferrato, it was administered for a long time by a Gastaldo, until in the thirteenth century, the Marquis Teodoro Paleologo, in need of money, granted the Asti brothers Tommaso and Francesco Scarampi the investiture of the castle and the place of Camino, already with its own statutes. Becoming definitively owned by the Asti family, who lived there until 1952, it was sold by Valentina and Paola, Ferdinando's daughters, to the Somaschi fathers and then to the current owners.
The restoration of the 19th century according to the dictates of the French school of Viollet Le Duc, consisting in the construction of the dining room in neo-style, is due to Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinando, the last heir of the Scarampi to reside in the castle and expert of medieval and architectural studies. Gothic, the library, and the theater frescoed with episodes of Don Quixote. In the same period, a spacious courtyard and a small chapel were created.
Many illustrious personalities were guests of the Monferrato castle, including Don Bosco, King Vittorio Emanuele III during the great maneuvers of 1911 and Benito Mussolini in 1928, the year in which he ordered to build the Monferrato Aqueduct.
Today the frescoed halls, the courtyards and the park of the castle host ceremonies and cultural events, while the cellars preserve the fine wine of the Monferrato vineyards, such as Barbera, Grignolino, Chardonnay, Monferrato Rosso, Grappa and also the Amaro del Castello, prepared according to an ancient and secret recipe