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posted 01-02-2006 02:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dodgercoette   Click Here to Email dodgercoette     Edit/Delete Message
Does anyone have information on the castle located in the town of COLLIANO, Italy (Region of Campania-near Salerno.) Trying to find out who occupied that castle in the middle 1800's and if had any connection to the family of the then King of Italy?

Lee P.C.

posted 01-02-2006 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
An Italian one for me.
Castelli in Campania, has very little.
" Colliano .. A Colliano, una frazione vicina, vi sono i ruderi di un antico castello."
Which literally means .. " Near Colliano in a district nearby are the ruins of the old castle". Which doesn't sound very promising.
Just had a look at the map. The town is well away from Salerno in the mountains. I recently made contact with a member of Italian Castle Inst. Who kindly sent me another up to date map of the area with all the castles on. Information on the back of the map says;
" In localita 'Collianello', sono presenti resti di un castello a pianta rettangolare, ad un solo livello, con torri a pianta circolare ai vertici del perimetro difensivo".
Which more or less says the same thing. Only that it was a rectangular castle of one level, with a round tower placed at the summit of its defenses.
I would very much doubt that it had any royal connections because of its remote position. But with Italy, you never know!

posted 01-02-2006 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
You can go to the Italian site; www.prolococolliano.it
lotsa information on the area, but no mention of their castle. But there are pictures, and I'm sure you can see the ruins.
But, interestingly there is 'Villa d'Ayala di Valva' in the area, which is connect with one King Giuseppe Bonaparte.
Never heard of him.
But might worth checking out if that is the type of info you are after?

posted 01-02-2006 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ipflo   Click Here to Email ipflo     Edit/Delete Message
Giussepe Bonaparte is the same as Joseph Bonaparte, king of Spain and of Naples.

From wikipedia:

Joseph Bonaparte (January 7, 1768 – July 28, 1844) was the elder brother of the French Emperor Napoleon I, who made him King of Naples (1806–1808) and King of Spain (1808–1813).

Bonaparte was born Giuseppe Nabulion Buonaparte to Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino at Corte in Corsica. As a lawyer, politician, and diplomat, he served in the Cinq-Cents and was the French ambassador to Rome. He married Julie Clary on August 1, 1794 in Cuges-les-Pins, France. The couple later had two children, Zénaïde and Charlotte.

The Château de Villandry had been seized by the French Revolutionary government and in the early 1800s Joseph's brother, Emperor Napoleon, acquired the château for him. In 1806, Bonaparte was given military command of Naples, and shortly afterward was made king by Napoleon. He became King of Spain two years later after his sister's husband, Joachim Murat, was made king of Naples. The Spanish people nicknamed him Pepe Botella ("Joe Bottle") pointing to an alleged tendency to drunkenness. His supporters were called josefinos.

Bonaparte fled Spain and returned to France after defeat at the Battle of Vitoria. When his brother lost power after the Hundred Days, Bonaparte resided for 17 years at Bordentown in the U.S. state of New Jersey, where he supposedly saw the Jersey Devil. He also lived for a short time in Philadelphia, PA, where many of his supporters and Bonapartists lived as well. He was seen by Bonapartists as the rightful Emperor of the French after the death of Napoleon's own son Napoleon II in 1832, although he did little to advance his claim. He died in Florence, Italy and is buried in Les Invalides building complex in Paris.

The Joseph Bonaparte Gulf in the Northern Territory of Australia was named for him.

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