Rocca di Solferino
Rocca di Solferino
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At the top of the highest hill in Solferino lies a majestic building 23 meters high dating back to 1022. This hill was contended by the Austrians and the French Army that was allied with the Piedmontese Army during the battle of June 24th 1859. Defined as “The spy of Italy” due to its strategic location, this fortress is surrounded by a vast park. Relics discovered on the battle field are preserved inside this fortress, which was acquired and restored by the Association. Moreover, documents relating to the history of the Fortress and of the Mint of Gonzaga in Solferino are displayed inside and along the wooden stairs that lead to the panoramic terrace.Before getting to the terrace a large room opens up and here we can find portraits of Victor Emmanuel II and Napoleone III and for this reason it is named “The Sovereigns’ Room”. From the Fortress terrace you can enjoy the gorgeous panorama of the verdant countryside that lays beneath and admire, from a distance, the Tower of San Martin
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Michael K
Phoenix, AZ11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I stumbled into the piazza while out for a walk. You can see Lake Garda in the distance and there is an excellent pizzeria there. I walked up the hill and took a quick tour of the tower, museum therein and shot some photos from the roof. This is so typical of Italy. It seems like in every out the way place there is some historic or scenic sight to explore. In this case it is both. I never knew that the founder of the Red Cross was inspired to organize it after witnessing the carnage of the aftermath of the battle.
Written 15 October 2019
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Mario L
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
The museum, together with the Tower of St. Martino (close by) is one of the major Memorials of the birth of modern Italy. On the other hand, bad memories for Austrians, as Austria lost huge parts of northern Italy due to this battle.
Written 6 August 2018
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Bart T
Berchem, Belgium105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Hidden south of Lake Garda is Solferino. A very peaceful town with barely any tourists.
We visited both la Rocca and the Cappella.

La Rocca is a museum about the battle of Solferino. on the way to the rooftop (a spiral staircase converted to a ramp) you can read about the battle.
On the rooftop, you have a very nice view on lake Garda and the mountains.
Written 15 July 2018
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Dave B
Shrewsbury, UK2,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
A truly fascinating place ,to learn and get a feel for what actually happened there.
Along with the museum and the crematorium it does make for a tourist free and very interesting day out
You climb the spiral staircase with detailed murals depicting the battle
On a clear day the views are amazing
A must see visit
Written 25 September 2016
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Peter V
Mannheim, Germany133 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Nice Little Museum of the battle of Solferino and the founding of the international Red Cross by Henri Dunant.
Written 10 May 2016
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jonnymills
Brescia, Italy113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
This tower is worth a visit both as a museum to the Battle of Solferino, fought during the Italian Risorgimento, and as a platform for the stunning views of Lake Garda, Monte Baldo and the Po plain. Easily worth the 2 or 3 euros entrance
Written 11 June 2015
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TheChee
Virginia Beach, VA39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
From the battle of Solerfino, the Red Cross was founded by Henry Durant here in 1859. It's really sobering, and the nearby museum down the hill in Castiglione delle Stiviere is worth visiting as well.

Working for the military on official duty out in the nearby countryside - which is among the most tranquil and beautiful on Earth - coming to the top of the hill to take in the history of the 19th century battle and how many wounded there were was really interesting.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend tailoring an entire trip around this unless you work for the International Red Cross or International Red Crescent, in which case I suppose these would be a pilgramige of sorts. But if you're in the area, it's really cool and emotionally touching.
Written 22 October 2014
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