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THE HISTORY OF THE CASTLE

From the Counts of Castelborgo to Giacomo Stupino

The coats of arms of each of the previous noble owners are displayed in the entranceway of the castle:

and these include the Cissone, Bongiovanni di Castelborgo, Candiani and Riccardi-Candiani families. For those who would like to know more, the following is short summary of nearly three hundred years of history…

Cissone Family


1735 | Giovanni Antonio Cissone, advocate and prince of the Forum of Turin was unmarried, wealthy, intelligent and ambitious.

On March 9th, 1735, King Charles Emmanuel awarded Giovanni Antonio Cissone the district of Santa Maria, within the jurisdiction of the city of Alba and also the ancient fief of Santa Vittoria d’Alba. These conferred upon him the right to the title of Count of Castelborgo, reversible to his nephew and heir, Manfredo.

The Bongiovanni Family

1735 | Manfredo Bongiovanni, financed by donations from his uncle, began construction of the aristocratic palazzo which later became the Castello di Neive. One of the wealthiest landowners in the area, more than 500 Piedmontese giornate, equivalent to 200 hectares were attributed to him.
He is considered to be the founder of the house of Castelborgo.

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The construction of the Castello

Marble inscriptions in the Castle chapel indicate that building was finished in 1753.

Therefore the castle took about 15 years to build.

Both Giovanni Antonio Cissone and Manfredo Bongiovanni are cited in the inscriptions.

PERSONALITIES AND HISTORICAL EVENTS

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Manfredo Bongiovanni

1705-1760

Manfredo was the son of Ludovico Antonio Bongiovanni and Vittoria Margherita Cissone.

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In 1796, Napoleon conquered Alba and crossed the lower part of Neive to take Canelli.

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Camillo di Castelborgo

1802 - 1862

His first marriage to Giuseppina di Villastellone was childless.

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For some years, the estates of the Castelborgo counts were managed by the famous Count Camillo Candiani di Olivola.

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Guido

Riccardi-Candiani

1886 - 1970

In 1915, he married Anna Miglioretti di San Sebastiano and Bourcet, an illustrious family

of ancient origins.

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Giacomo Stupino

1900 - 1970

In 1963 Giacomo Stupino,

together with his brothers, bought the Castello and part of the estate.

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