Castel Rubbia (Savogna d'Isonzo)
Standing at the confluence of the Rivers Isonzo and Vipazzo, in the vicinity of Gorizia, Castle Rubbia was built in the 15th or 16th century upon earlier remains. Its present appearance dates it back to the 17th century, so it was probably completely remodelled during this time. Originally the castle had round towers, only one of which has survived. It now has a square plan with a tower at each corner - two of the towers are original and two date from the 17th century.
Originally a property of the Counts Torre-Valsassina, in the 16th century it passed to the Coronini family. During the 19th century the castle was held by the Bianchi di Casalanza family, who extensively restored it. Seriously damaged during WW1, it was eventually abandoned. The castle, the exterior of which is covered by climbing plants, is surrounded by a large garden enclosed within 19th-century walls.
Very little written information is available on this site, consisting in a few remains of a wall on a hilltop at Russiz di Sopra, where a farmhouse is now standing. According to historian Tito Miotti, the presence of a sturdy gate flanked by stone pillars at the entrance of the upper farmyard indicates that the hill was once occupied by a fortified house, destroyed and replaced by the present buildings.