The Fortress: a jewel set in a setting overlooking the sea, the perfect location for dinners, aperitifs, ceremonies, private and corporate events.
The origins of the Fortress of Castelfranco date back to around 1365, when the Republic of Genoa built a fort destined to constitute an instrument of control over the Finale area as an affirmation of its power against the Marquises of Savona (Deel Carretto), who had exercised their lordship over a strip of land between the coast and lower Piedmont.
The name "Castelfranco" derives from the fact that the structure was not subject to the control of the local lords and did not owe them taxes.
After various and troubled events that characterized the Marquisate, Castelfranco suffered demolitions, reconstructions and repeated occupations by Genoa, the Spanish and the imperial army.
Between 1642 and 1645 on the hill above Castelfranco, the Fort of Sant'Antonio was built to the north and that of Annunziata to the east and later, around 1680, in the highest part of the ridge, the Fort of Legnino was built.
At the end of the Spanish succession war (1701-1713) Genoa bought Finale crowning the dream of unifying its rule in the Riviera di Ponente. Castelfranco was spared from destruction and in 1745 its cannons still rejected the attack of a small English fleet. The fortress was later transformed into a prison and the nineteenth-century structures were demolished only in 1950; starting from the nineties of the last century a progressive restoration and reuse of the structure began.
Today it is a fortress rediscovered thanks to its imposing structure rich in history and suggestive and romantic foreshortenings, perfect setting for refined lunches and dinners, aperitifs, events, weddings, ceremonies and unique stays to live surrounded by a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Finale Ligure.
At the Fortress of Finale Ligure: history, food, wine, relaxation, taste and wonderful view!