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Castello Torre Ratti, a medieval castle located in the prosperous Piedmonte region of Italy, was built over a thousand years ago. It is an unspoiled, exquisite beauty of a structure that promises an unforgettable experience with history. With its relatively pristine condition, the castle will transport you to a time of classical art, culture and nobility.


There is a beautiful and charming church on the castle grounds. St. Bernardo church was originally constructed in the 12th Century, renovated in 1711, and remains a town highlight to the local residents today.

The first documentation of the castle's history was found in nearby Tortona in 1107. Castello Torre Ratti was renovated and expanded in the 14th Century and again in the 16th Century. In 1629 the Castle was given a second Torre (Tower) with its expansion.

 

The family of Ratti Opizzoni, a Tortonese family, named the castle Castello Torre Ratti. Ido Opizzoni Rati was concigliere to Federico Barbarosa.
   

Pope Pius XI was related to the Ratti Opizzoni family. Pope Pius XI's ancestors did not come from nobility. His parents were just ordinary citizens. His father was a silk manufacturer. When Pope Pius XI was ordained Pope he made a request of his relatives, the Ratti Opizzoni, family for the use of their family Crest. Luigi Franco Amedeo Ratti Opizzoni granted the Pope's request.

 

This history illustrates that it is no coincidence the Crest of Castello Torre Ratti and the Crest of Pope Pius XI look the same. They are the same Crest. The Castle displays this crest proudly on the wall at the top of its highest Tower in a beautiful Fresco.

After a period of time Pope Pius XI elevated Luigi Franco Amedeo Ratti Opizzoni to Duca (Duke). Duca Luigi Franco Amedeo Ratti Opizzoni married Catherina Ada Coggiola and had two daughters; Maria Adelaide and Maria Carla, neither of which had any children. The Duchessa (Duchess) Maria Adelaide is the last living relative in this family of nobility.

The Castle remained the property of Ratti Opizzoni until the end of 1868. Soon after, around 1879, Count Gnecco Guisippi acquired the property and held it till 1911. Then Massone Carlo Riccardo controlled the complex as owner until 1965. Subsequently, he sold it to Geom. Vinicio Parodi, antiquario (antiquarian) who maintained and improved the property over the following 25 years.

The Castle remained the property of Ratti Opizzoni until the end of 1868. Soon after, around 1879, Count Gnecco Guisippi acquired the property and held it till 1911. Then Massone Carlo Riccardo controlled the complex as owner until 1965. Subsequently, he sold it to Geom. Vinicio Parodi, antiquario (antiquarian) who maintained and improved the property over the following 25 years.

Starting in l989, and throughout the l990s, Castello Torre Ratti has been transformed into the hotel, restaurant, resort, and meeting-conference event facility it is famous for today. Since the Castle is a Landmark, all of the facilities have been upgraded and modernized in accordance with all local, regional, and national ordinances.

This renaissance and metamorphosis of the property has been done under the guidance of Mr. Michael Giamalvo, President, Castello Torre Ratti S.R.L. Mr. Giamalvo continues his plans for the Castle where his vision for expansion into an exquisite boutique resort is coming fruition.

For further information regarding Castello Torre Ratti's vacation or investment opportunities for the future, contact Mr. Giamalvo by clicking here. As Castello Torre Ratti enters its Third Millennium the future for this national treasure is brighter than ever!