The Castle in Corigliano Calabro: memory and beauty
The Castle in Corigliano Calabro, in the province of Cosenza, is one of those buildings where history has multiplied beauty.
Originally built in the 11th century, when the Normans fought the Byzantine rulers in Southern Italy, the fortress expanded in the first half of the 1300s thanks to the powerful Sanseverino family. In the 15th century, the castle was renovated and its architecture took on the typical features of the Aragonese style; the structure was further altered in the 17th century by the Saluzzo family, and in the 19th century by the Compagna family.
Vittorio Sgarbi, in his book “L’Italia delle meraviglie” (Bompiani, Milan 2009), has written that the renovation carried out between 1988 and 2002 was “a miracle”: “The last presence that can be felt in the Castle of Corigliano are the Compagnia barons. In the splendid Hall of the Mirrors, where the rampant lion of the Compagna family dominates the scene, a painter from Monopoli – Ignazio Perricci – was called to decorate the ceiling; he worked with infinite grace, making this place extraordinary. In a style that resembles that of the “Biedermeier” period, he created figurines that look out as if from a starry, well-wishing sky. It is as if we were under the sky, looking at the stars, with the wonderful ‘trompe l’oeil’ of a curtain drawn back, as the other characters look at us and salute the stars with us.”
The castle, Sgarbi continues, “was renovated with the spirit and will to be loyal to history, fulfilling men’s responsibility to be keepers of memory […]. We must highlight and promote well-done things and make sure they serve as footprints and directions to follow, leading people to visit the places within their reach. This renovation makes it easy to say ‘go to Corigliano and visit the Castle’.”
Which is exactly what we are happy to suggest.