The Castle of Marchierù in Villafranca Piemonte
Complex of buildings of the Twelfth century composed of Castle, From Chapel of the nobility, from the custodian's dependence, from the stables and from ancient farmhouse of Soave, originally of the Savoia Acaja with defensive characteristics and as such fortified; from the eighteenth century it became a residential residence, characterized in the inner courtyard by the use of colored horizontal bands in style neogothic.
Inside a boundary wall that surrounds it in its entirety, stands the nineteenth-century park with interesting plot of "broderie" in toposso box and suggestive corners dedicated to hydrangeas, peonies and roses that adorn paths that immerse themselves in the shade of ancient trees up to the modern swimming pool.
The Castle, from Savoia Acaja was always transferred by inheritance to some of the most ancient and prestigious Piedmontese houses, from Petitti ai Solaro del Macello, Up to conti Filippi di Baldissero and Prunas Tola Arnaud of San Salvatore, whose direct descendant is currently a resident owner.
The Dimora can be visited by small groups by appointment.
The history of the Castello di Marchierù
The places where Borgo Soave and Marchierù were located were always desired, and the very origin of the name is connected to “rotten”, wet; we are in fact in the area of the "fountains", places where the water from the groundwater reaches the surface forming crystalline and clean pools which remain at a constant temperature of 12/16 degrees throughout the year, allowing continuous temperate irrigation.
The other hypotheses on the etymology of the name of Marchierù appear less reliable. For some it could come from “Marca” as a borderland with the Marquisate of Saluzzo, as it actually was, but certainly there were never any “Marquises of Marchierù”.
The derivation from the ancient French "macheron" that is a pile of rubble, the result of the invasion of Frederick Barbarossa, would seem legendary.
The first lords of Marchierù were the Lords of Barge but, with an act of 11 March 1251, all their properties in Soave were transferred to Thomas II of Savoy.
The Acaja, with a residential castle in Villafranca, kept Marchierù for their descendants: so Filippo d'Acaja made it a dowry to his natural daughter Francesca, who married Antonio Bocchiardi.
From these the fief passed to the cousins Petitti, sons of Beatricina d'Acaja, who kept it until 1482.