The Nove Merli feudal castle dates back to the middle ages. Initially conceived as a military garrison within the Castellata di Piossasco (which used to be formed by three castles), it was built to control from above the road between Turin and Pinerolo.
Relics of the original settlement are the ruins of the Gran Merlone, destroyed during the Marsaglia battle of 1693, against French troops. Next to the ruins is Palazzo De Rossi, an unfinished palace of the XVII century.
The family of the earls of Piossasco, first owners of the castle, expanded into nine branches the most numerous of which, the Piossasco De Folgore originated nine separate lines, giving rise to the legend of the Nine Merli (blackbirds in Italian). An influential dynasty over the centuries, it became one of the four counties of the House of Savoy in medieval Piedmont. In fact, a family representative attended every important event at the Savoy court.
The last descendant of the family was Gabriella Delfina Piossasco from None, who inhabitated the castle until her death, in 1933.
is embellished by a chapel with XIX century frescoes, curtain walls, towers, portals, gates, roads…
The current structure is the result of centuries of evolution and the Nove Merli castle can be regarded as a collection of historical, artistic and documental evidence from the middle ages to the present day. In 1994 the current owners began the work to bring back the Castle to its ancient beauty, restoring the halls, the brick vaulted ceilings of the ground floor and basement (the most ancient part of the castle) and the first floor decorated wooden coffered ceilings. Rooms on the second and third floor were converted into bedrooms for the guests.
Also the outside was taken care of: a new stone paving was laid, the garden redesigned and work was performed to enhance the terraced vineyards and olive trees. The restoration contributed to highlighting the architectural importance of towers, portals, gates and roads surrounding the Castle.
In its present form the Castle is a fabulous location in which to hold all sorts of events. Welcome!
is part of a complex that includes a chapel with XIV century frescoes, curtain walls and other elements. Choose the ideal venue to make your event unique and charming
The 360° view ranging from mount Monviso to Turin’s hills, encompassing the Pinerolo region, will make your event even more special.