Bike trip 🚴‍♂️ Voghera — Godiasco — Voghera 😊

Tonight before the weekend I had to ride a little, drove 35 km. I thought I would go 40 km. but there was no time to finish. Well, that’s ok 🙂 😊🚴‍♂️

Godiasco — Salice Terme

The history of Godiasco is closely linked to the events of the Malaspina marquisate. In the diploma confirming to Obizzo Malaspina the imperial investiture of the marquisate (1164) Godiasco is not yet named, but the above castles of Piumesana and Calcinara; similarly to Varzi, the development of Godiasco was also subsequent to that date, and linked to the intensification of trade along the Staffora valley.

In 1221 the first division among the Malaspina family attributed Godiasco to the Spino Fiorito branch, and in the subsequent division of 1275 it was included in the territory of that branch, which was based in Oramala (hamlet of Val di Nizza), and which later took up residence in Godiasco. The Malaspina family of Godiasco was always one of the most flourishing branches of the lineage: it soon divided further into five branches (Oramala, Piumesana, Casalasco, Cella and Valverde), with various feudal holdings in the lands of the marquisate and a consortium management of its capital. The marquisate of Godiasco was subject to the Duchy of Milan and became one of the separate jurisdictions or different lands of Oltrepò, perhaps the largest and most important.

Even in the 18th century the marquisate of Godiasco was still referred to as an administrative and judicial unit, comprising several municipalities: its territory in fact included, in addition to the entire present-day municipalities of Godiasco, Val di Nizza and Valverde, the hamlets of Trebbiano di Ponte Nizza, Groppo di Pozzol Groppo, Sagliano, Cella, Nivione and Castellaro di Varzi, Cegni, Cignolo and Negruzzo di Santa Margherita di Staffora. The Counts D’Adda and Ghislieri also had holdings in the vast fiefdom, as well as various branches of the Malaspina family, but the preponderance belonged to the Malaspina marquises of Godiasco and Oramala, who were also marquises of Pozzol Groppo and Fortunago.

Joined with Bobbiese to the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1743 under the Treaty of Worms, it then became part of the Province of Bobbio. The end of the marquisate took place with the abolition of feudalism in 1797. In 1801 the territory was annexed to Napoleonic France until 1814. In 1818 it passed to the province of Voghera and in 1859 to the province of Pavia.

The territory of Godiasco also included the small town of Piumesana, which was also the seat of one of the five branches of the Malaspina family of Godiasco; it maintained autonomy until the early 19th century.

In June 2012, following a popular referendum, the name of the municipality was changed from «Godiasco» to «Godiasco Salice Terme,» in order to give more importance to the municipality’s main hamlet, Salice Terme, which has more inhabitants than the municipal capital of Godiasco itself, and to emphasize the presence within the territory of important thermal springs.