Castello di Spilimbergo
The Counts Spilimbergos (Spengenberg), a noble family of Styrian descent, probably related to the Counts of Zuccola, arrived in Friuli during the 12th or 13th century. At the end of the 13th century, thinking his son Ottobregonia II would die without a heir, Walterpertoldo II decided that the estate should pass to his nephew, Giovanni di Zuccola. As a result of the merging of the two lineages, the Counts of Spilimbergo-Zuccola became one of the most powerful families in the Patriarchate. Originally free feudal lords, the Spilimbergos later became vassals of the Patriarch of Aquileia, holding some important offices. As a result of the prestige and wealth of the family, Spilimbergo Castle was often besieged; it frequently gave hospitality to kings and high-ranking prelates who were passing through Friuli.
Partially privately, partially publicly owned, the castle contains important works of art, such as the paintings on the façade of the “palazzo dipinto” and the stucco decoration enclosing a fresco attributed to Giovanni da Udine.