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Malaspina Palace

The facade has two floors. The ground floor is characterized by five windows, the first floor by six. The windows on the ground floor are guarded by railing. The most interesting (and best preserved) is definitely the portal. It is characterized by a sandstone architrave with entablature, bearing the emblem of the Malaspina, it consists of two spaces. In the upper one is an eagle with a crowned head, below there is a thorny branch, symbol of this family.

Interior: The compartment which has maintained an artistic importance, is the kitchen (the first room on the left), which still retains a fireplace (it seems seventeenth century) and a well with pulley sliding of the rope to draw water.


Secure the history of the portal: the sixteenth century. The side entrance opens onto "Via Marconi" 8, one of the many narrow streets that make up the urban and leading to the square of the parish church.

Cappella V. M. Immacolata

Esterno. La facciata è caratterizzata dai due spioventi del tetto sui quali culmina una croce in ferro battuto. L’ingresso è costituito da un portale ad arco a sesto acuto. Il portale d’ingresso è in vetro con intarsi in ferro battuto. Sul lato destro e sinistro della porta, due finestrelle di forma ovale anch’esse chiuse con vetro ad intarsi in ferro battuto. Sopra l’ingresso, è stata murata una targa marmorea con la seguente iscrizione: “Fermati passeggier non ti sia grave chinar il capo e recitar un ave”. Interno. Le pareti interne risultano prive di decorazioni.


L’edificio è costituito da un piano seminterrato, piano terra e primo piano. L’unico elemento di pregio che testimonia la precedente destinazione d’uso, consiste in una ruota in pietra situata davanti all’abitazione. Sulla facciata dell’edificio è visibile una pietra in arenaria su cui è scolpito: “ristrutturato anno 1785”.

Gate entrance to the walled village (a borgo in bricks)

The structure is open on three sides. Coming from the lower part of town, you cross the first side, consisting of a rectangular entrance. On the right, the door is placed against a house. The left side is slightly curved and is made of:  a first closed block in which there is a support pillar to the beam of the roof, and a painted niche; two openings of rectangular shape (divided by masonry) protected by wrought iron railings. The last side (the one where the exit is) consists of a round arch with soffit frame and brick.

The stretch of road before the door is straight and on the left side is characterized by a masonry wall of stone blocks and pebbles, bound with mortar and, at times, plastered. This wall has, at regular intervals, seven rectangular openings characterized by segmental arches (brick) closed by low wooden double doors as well as, a higher opening with a wooden door.  On the basis of information received by the locals, it seems that through these openings the hay was thrown into the stalls below that are now partly collapsed. The portal is located in “ Via della Circonvallazione" ("street of the bypass"). Continuing on this road, you come to the parish church. The portal has a great panoramic view.

Fieschi Doria castle ruins

The area of the castle still visible is a four-sided plateau-shaped, closed to the east by the only ruins of the tower completely covered with climbing plants.

The area to the north and west is enclosed by a low retaining wall. Adjacent to the northeast corner of this first area, there is a second squared plateau enclosed to the northwest by a low retaining wall. The sides on the southeast are very steep.

The S. Bartholomew Apostle Church

The façade, in late Romanesque style, is divided into three compartments by full height pillars. Its characteristic, uneven gables break up the roof line. The entrance of the building consists of a large wooden double door, topped by a plastered rounded arch. Above the door is a three-light window with rounded arches. Two other single windows, equal to the previous ones, are centered at the front of the aisles. At the left of the church there is the entrance door to the bell tower.  The bell tower is made up of four stories, marked by four projecting cornices.  The right and left sides of the church coincide with other buildings, with shared walls. On the outside, the choir presents a row of three single arched windows.

The central nave is separated from the side naves by four pillars with rectangular bases and six pointed arches.  The right aisle, at the second bay, has a large niche with altar.  The left aisle, at the first bay, near the entrance, has a niche that corresponds with the central span, third span, and two other niches.

The Presbytery is accessed on the left by three marble steps, and the opening leads into the sacristy. The Chorus, on the right and left, has semicircular niches.  On the right side, an opening leads to the garden of the church. The apse has an upper triple lancet window. 

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Comune di Varzi,
P.zza Umberto I
Telefono: +39 0383/52676

Portale realizzato con i fondi di Regione Lombardia

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