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Castel d'Azzano


Castel d'Azzano is a municipality in the province of Verona, located in an area rich of springs, devoted to agriculture, industrial and handicraft activities.
Traces evidence that the area was inhabited since Prehistoric times, probably chosen for the presence in the nearby of a large lake, known with the name "Vacaldo", whose springs renewed constantly the water. These important water source were also used for defensive purposes: the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, in the second half of the XII century, flooded some ditches with the waters of the lake to build a special protection around his army and defend it from the enemy attacks. There are no documents that report the exact foundation date of the center, but it starts to appear in texts during the government of the Della Scala, followed by the Nogarola. In the late XVIII century the area was the scenario of a clash between Habsburg and French troops.

- the early XIV century Church of Santa Maria Annunziata, which has been remodeled several times over the centuries. It features a Classical style façade with a small gable, situated slightly higher than the four semi-columns below. The portal is impressively decorated by a cornice and a pediment. The Bell Tower, located at the rear, has a massive square structure and a belfry interrupted by a single arched window;
- the Parish Church of St. Martino, which features four half-columns with capitals and base on the façade surmounted by a gable roof. The portal is surmounted in turn by a small tympanum and in the rear, the building features a Bell Tower topped with a truncated cone;
- the Parish Church of Forette with its tall Bell Tower;
- Villa Violini-Nogarola, of ancient origins, was rebuilt in the XIX century. Today it belongs to the municipality;
- the XIX century Villa Cesari with its the adjacent frescoed Chapel;
- the XIV century Villa Malaspina;
- the springs of Park Raziol.


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