San Giovanni Castle

 The building realized by the Spaniards between 1640 and 1644 around a pre-existing tower has spectacular shapes that fit the slope of the hill and stands on the ridge between the valleys of Pora and Aquila.

Together with Castel Gavone and Castelfranco, for most of the seventeenth century it was one of the fulcrums of the defensive system in Finale, but already in 1707 it was abandoned despite the extensive restoration work commissioned by Gaspare Beretta at the end of the seventeenth century. It passed under Genoese rule in 1713 and was partially destroyed and rebuilt. (the Fort was in fact twice the size of the present one) The last military episode the castle witnessed dates back to 1745 when it served as a bulwark against the English ships that threatened the coast. It became a women's prison in 1882 and was completely abandoned at the beginning of the 20th century.

Since 1960 the fortress is state property and has been completely restored with the creation of spaces for exhibitions and cultural events. Since June 2018 it has been open to the public.

Opening hours:




Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

July, August and September

from Tuesday to Friday from 10 - 12 / 16 - 20

Every Saturday and Sunday

1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For information:

Polo Museale della Liguria

Comunication Office
Phone. 010.2710292 | 338.1997496