Fuentes Fort is a Spanish fort of the seventeenth century built by Pedro Enriquez de Acevedo count of Fuentes with the aim to prevent any ambition of expansion from the Tre Leghe Grigie republic (modern region of the Swiss Grisons). The republic intended to broaden its dominance from Valtellina and from Valchiavenna to the upper part of Lake Como.
Built above eastern Montecchio high overlooking the natural reserve of Pian di Spagna, it is one of the few remaining examples of the Spanish domination described by Manzoni in his novel “The Betrothed”. It was the count of Fuentes who issued many of the “Grida” (the laws) which are discussed in the novel.
It was destroyed in 1796 by Napoleon’s troops.
Opening days and hours 2019:
- Fuentes Fort is open from Easter to November every saturday, sunday and every holyday of the year (Easter Saturday, Easter, Angel’s Monday, April the 25th, May the 1st, June the 2nd, November, the 4th) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. JULY and AUGUST: open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The main days and hours regards the opening of the nearest Montecchio Nord Fort, that allow to buy a cumulative ticket for the visit of two Forts at € 10 for adults and € 6 for children from 6 to 17 years old.
- Dogs are allowed if kept on a leash and if the owners are provided with bag and shovel to collect manure .
For informations about visits, contact the Centro Unico Prenotazioni di Montagne Lago di Como.