Brignano Gera D'Adda, Castle
The original castle disappeared centuries ago, yet its presence is evidenced by a document that dates back to the year 1106. Palazzo Vecchio, i.e. the Old Palace, was then built on the ruins of the above construction between the 16th and the 17th centuries. In 1710 it was made bigger and named Palazzo Nuovo, i.e. New Palace. The castle originally belonged to Frederick 1st of Hohenstaufen and was then transferred to the Visconti family of Milan in 1186. It remained their property until 1892, with a short interruption characterized by Venetian domination between 1437 and 1441. After the fall of the Visconti family, the buildings were used as kindergarten, hospital and shelter for first world war soldiers. The buildings were later on bought by count Giannino Citterio and brought back to their ancient splendour.