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Zavattarello

Zavattarello

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Zavattarello is a small medieval village located in Oltrepò Pavese, in Lombardy. Since ancient times in a strategic position, the village is situated in the area of Northern Italy defined "Four regions", because the point of encounter of four regions: Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Liguria. These valleys are united by traditions and typical dishes and historical events.

Now it is known that the name "Zavattarello" derives from the craft more practiced in the Middle Ages, that of ciabattini: in fact the vulgar savatarellum indicates exactly where slippers have been handmade (savatte).

The village is made up of a central nucleus dominated by the castle Dal Verme, where the houses have maintained the patina of the centuries: it is the ancient village of medieval and that the villagers call "on the inside" because in the past it was surrounded by strong defensive walls. More under develops the new country, cut from the provincial road that joins the SS412 of Valtidone to SS461 of the Penice.

The characteristic old country lying around the castle is accessed from Piazza Luchino Dal Verme, passing under the stone arch of a tower of medieval input. It should be noted this tower is the entrance arch in sandstone. Other three towers as this constituted the defensive system of the "On the inside", together with the walls of the fortified walls, still in part visible from the outside of the village. That today appears as a narrow lane was at one time the town main street, leading up to the castle at the top of the hill. On the left, exceeded this "voltone", you see the "guard", a narrow compartment is intended to accommodate the squires of sentry. The first track which climbs to the right after a building renovated which was the seat of the district prisons of the nineteenth century, is the vicolo dell'Abate, one of the most picturesque of "On the inside". His name is due to the ancient presence of a monastery.

The visit to the old country can reserve pleasant discoveries: to the attentive observer will not fail to note, above the door jamb in sandstone of an ancient house, a tile in terracotta depicting a Madonna with Child, a valuable work of an unknown artist from the seventeenth century. Under this tile, at the center of the architrave of the entrance, is carved a characteristic cross, which is also found on other lintels of doors and windows of the oldest houses in the village. Even the more recent part of the country has attractions. The main square, surrounded by the typical stone houses in view, is dominated on one side by a big nineteenth-century palace: in origin the dwelling place of the Dal Verme, became in the seventies the municipal headquarters, then the middle school, and now houses the municipal library and the seats of the associations of the territory. Higher up on the right side before the carriage road that leads to the castle, an imposing seventeenth-century building housed the pretura and prisons in use up to the middle of the Nineteenth Century. At the entrance of the square meets the fourteenth-century Oratory of San Rocco. It was originally part of a Cistercian monastery unfortunately now disappeared, whose buildings included probably also the current town hall. The high altar has a superb 17th-century altarpiece in gilded wood that Ambrogio Corona (in "Zavattarello pearl of the Oltrepò") has defined "a masterpiece of baroque art".

The parish church of San Paolo is almost to the edges of the country in the direction of Varzi, on a small hill that the latest research say was the seat of an ancient pagan shrine. Precisely by the divinity venerated, Saturn, seems to derive the most ancient name of Zavattarello Sarturanum. The current appearance of the Church is that of the Sixteenth Century remake, even if the building seems to be the most ancient of the castle. In fact precisely in this church stopped the monks of Bobbio in 929 during their trip to bring the relics of S. Columban to Pavia, along the route known as the Via Santi Colombani. Remarkable, behind the building, the octagonal cemetery from the seventeenth century, which also houses the tombs of the family of the Counts Dal Verme. A little later, along the provincial road, you will meet the "Warehouse of memories" Museum, which through a path of daily life allows the discovery of over a century of traditions: a cultural heritage that has its roots in the mists of time and is testimony to the long, rich, painful story of work and in the toil of man. Not to be missed are the educational activities and initiatives for young and old alike.

Zavattarello is the ideal place for lovers of peace and silence as for those who are looking for a place alive from the rich cultural offer and entertainment.

Municipality of Zavattarello
Province of Pavia
Region Lombardia

Inhabitants: 1.040
Altitude center: 550 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Municipality of Zavattarello
Via Vittorio Emanuele 41 - Zavattarello (PV)
Tel. 0383-589132

Medieval Ferragosto at the court of Peter the Verme

On 15 and 16 August in Zavattarello there will be two medieval days where you can discover the authentic atmosphere of the Middle Ages in a 15th century fortress.

Next or present Events

  • Living Crib in the Ancient Village
    From 24-12-2017
    To 26-12-2017
    Living Crib in the Ancient Village
    Exhibitions

    Add to calendar 2017-12-24 2017-12-26 Europe/Rome Living Crib in the Ancient Village The 24 December from 21.30. To follow S. Mass with the people in costume.
    The 26 December from 17.00.

    The Living Crib of Zavattarello celebrates Christmas with a special representation, in the frame of the medieval village on "inside". Recalling the birth of Jesus honouring him with the reconstruction of the ancient life of our valley: within the houses of the thirteenth century, along the medieval streets, with tools ancient yet functioning of the Museum "Warehouse of memories", we will come back together to relive our past. The peculiar characteristic of this representation is the animation, that allows an active participation of visitors. Here can really feel part of this ancient world: anyone can eat freshly baked bread, drink the new wine, touch the wool spun and the skirt of the Sheep kept in pens... The medieval village which is dominated by the castle Dal Verme is the setting of tens of activity reconstructed during the living crib. The scenes are located in their most suitable premises: between the streets and homes of a thirteenth-century village that has preserved intact its town planning, characterized by narrow winding streets. Here overlook houses in local stone of medieval origin, that owners kindly open to listed and visitors: We can then find the baker who prepares the loaves in the ancient village bakery, a tavern inside a fragrant wine cellar, the Roman senator with his family in a noble palace... Entering into these rooms and walking for the streets, just a glance to realize how little has changed the original aspect of this place.
    Zavattarello

    The 24 December from 21.30. To follow S. Mass with the people in costume.
    The 26 December from 17.00.

    The Living Crib of Zavattarello celebrates Christmas with a special representation, in the frame of the medieval village on "inside". Recalling the birth of Jesus honouring him with the reconstruction of the ancient life of our valley: within the houses of the thirteenth century, along the medieval streets, with tools ancient yet functioning of the Museum "Warehouse of memories", we will come back together to relive our past. The peculiar characteristic of this representation is the animation, that allows an active participation of visitors. Here can really feel part of this ancient world: anyone can eat freshly baked bread, drink the new wine, touch the wool spun and the skirt of the Sheep kept in pens... The medieval village which is dominated by the castle Dal Verme is the setting of tens of activity reconstructed during the living crib. The scenes are located in their most suitable premises: between the streets and homes of a thirteenth-century village that has preserved intact its town planning, characterized by narrow winding streets. Here overlook houses in local stone of medieval origin, that owners kindly open to listed and visitors: We can then find the baker who prepares the loaves in the ancient village bakery, a tavern inside a fragrant wine cellar, the Roman senator with his family in a noble palace... Entering into these rooms and walking for the streets, just a glance to realize how little has changed the original aspect of this place.

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  • San Paolo
    25-01-2018
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2018-01-25 2018-01-25 Europe/Rome San Paolo Zavattarello

  • From 15-08-2018
    To 16-08-2018
    Historical reenactments

    Add to calendar 2018-08-15 2018-08-16 Europe/Rome Each year the castle Dal Verme returns to its historic past: between ladies and knights, artisans and courtiers, the garden and the salt is alive with re-enactments of battles, dances and medieval games, with lots of entertainment for visitors. Two days of great feast to relive the magical atmosphere of the Middle Ages, immersing himself in the life of a stronghold in the XV century. The Medieval Days of Zavattarello evoke an event linked to the most famous of the Castle: Pietro dal Verme. In fact these two days celebrate the engagement between Peter and Chiara Sforza. For the entire duration of the exhibition, Piazza Dal Verme will be transformed into a medieval market, where you can buy souvenirs, attend craft demonstrations, experience the ancient games. Guided visits to the inside of the rooms of the Castle will be surrounded by an ancient atmosphere, with the reconstruction of the life of the rocca in the late XV century: Meet dancers, musicians, knights, jesters. And be especially careful when you enter the torture room... Planning to take advantage of the moment of celebration, the enemies attempt to besiege the castle: Peter and his knights will need to show their full value for rejecting the assault. To crown the event, a medieval dinner at the foot of the castle (on the evening of 15 August) with menus of the era and the company of rievocatori in costume, which will pay homage to Peter and clear and their guests with dancing, music, juggling, duels. To follow, in Piazza Dal Verme the spectacle of fire "on the routes of the jester". During the two days, free shuttle service from Piazza Dal Verme the castle. Zavattarello

    Each year the castle Dal Verme returns to its historic past: between ladies and knights, artisans and courtiers, the garden and the salt is alive with re-enactments of battles, dances and medieval games, with lots of entertainment for visitors. Two days of great feast to relive the magical atmosphere of the Middle Ages, immersing himself in the life of a stronghold in the XV century. The Medieval Days of Zavattarello evoke an event linked to the most famous of the Castle: Pietro dal Verme. In fact these two days celebrate the engagement between Peter and Chiara Sforza. For the entire duration of the exhibition, Piazza Dal Verme will be transformed into a medieval market, where you can buy souvenirs, attend craft demonstrations, experience the ancient games. Guided visits to the inside of the rooms of the Castle will be surrounded by an ancient atmosphere, with the reconstruction of the life of the rocca in the late XV century: Meet dancers, musicians, knights, jesters. And be especially careful when you enter the torture room... Planning to take advantage of the moment of celebration, the enemies attempt to besiege the castle: Peter and his knights will need to show their full value for rejecting the assault. To crown the event, a medieval dinner at the foot of the castle (on the evening of 15 August) with menus of the era and the company of rievocatori in costume, which will pay homage to Peter and clear and their guests with dancing, music, juggling, duels. To follow, in Piazza Dal Verme the spectacle of fire "on the routes of the jester". During the two days, free shuttle service from Piazza Dal Verme the castle.

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Past Events

  • Zavhalloween 2017
    31-10-2017
    Zavhalloween 2017
    Festival

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  • The Mysteries of the Castle
    18-11-2017
    The Mysteries of the Castle
    Historical reenactments

    From legends to strange events through the investigations of the researchers of the paranormal, immerse yourself for a night in the mysteries of the castle of Zavattarello, linked to a now famous assassination. It is narrated that Pietro Dal Verme, poisoned by his second wife Chiara Sforza on 17 October 1485, both the presence that dwells in the halls of his old manor. Several unexplained facts took place inside the castle in the course of its long history: precisely from these, researchers of the paranormal have undertaken investigations of scientific type to learn more. And, having regard to the results, the investigations are still ongoing. During this special evening, visitors will be conducted in the special Tour of the Mystery, to discover the places where the protagonists of the legend and the mysterious events connected to it. Not a guided visit of the usual type, for telling historical events and admire the architecture of the millenary Rocca, but a real journey to get to know the most mysterious and obscure. A path that will lead to the inside of each room of the castle in a touring show: we must be careful because behind every corner might hide a surprise... Every year in spring and autumn.

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  • Christmas Market
    08-12-2017
    Christmas Market
    Street markets

    A festive occasion to discover, taste and buy typical local products, to find original gifts ideas handmade by skilled artisans, let yourself be inspired by the most imaginative Christmas decorations for our homes.

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Other Events

The Mystery Tours

The Mystery Tours is an emotional experience, a theatrical spectacle, a path through time and space at the border between suggestion and reality. And it will be hard to distinguish between the two closed in an ancient castle, separated from the outside world, in a place where past and present blend, accompanied by characters emerged from the Middle Ages that mingle with other of our present. Beware: as claimed Hemingway, is easy to react with coldness to things during the day but at night is all another speech. In a place soì load of emotions, accompanied by the protagonists of the more mysterious stories, Può become difficult to distinguish between suggestion and reality. For this reason we advise you to follow the path traced and venture out on this journey with an open mind and ready to surprises. For information click here!

Summer in Art
"Summer in art" is the annual cycle of exhibitions organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art "Joseph and Titina Dal Verme". The experimentations, compenetrazioni, interchanges. These are the figures of distinctive of exhibitions located in the halls of the castle of Zavattarello. This mighty fortress houses inside a museum quite young, whose history forò part from far away, from before its official institution. Binds in fact with a double wire to the life of the millennial building that contains it. A castle so ancient, in fact, is a container and producer of art in all its forms throughout the centuries who lived. Here are the reasons that have led not only to the establishment of the museum of contemporary art, but also the organization of the cycle of exhibitions “Summer in Art”: to continue to live the exposure, the dissemination and promotion of art in a place suited to always to this purpose. The ratio between the castle and the museum, between the container and its contents, is always been very tight in the manor of Zavattarello, and exhibitions of "Summer Art" want to contribute to emphasize, for harmony but also for contrast. Here is that every year during the "Summer in art" you can meet emerging artists and famous that compete with the expression of their art in a particular place as the castle of Zavattarello. Is usually easy to realize an exhibition in an empty room that is a white cube, you can fill and characterize as you want from time to time. Most difficult is to expose in a place already characterized itself, strong, from its identity and personality. In these cases there's a challenge, but when the challenge is accepted, the final result is often more rewarding, pleasant and rich in meaning. For information click here!

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