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Battle of Cassano
Part of Guelphs and Ghibellines
The Defeat of Ezzelino da Romano
DateSeptember 16, 1259[6][7]
LocationCassano d'Adda, Lombardy
Result Decisive Guelph victory[7][1]
House of Este
House of Pallavicino
House of Della Torre
Brescia, Verona,
Vicenza, Pedemonte,
German Knights
Commanders and leaders
Azzo VII d'Este
Ezzelino III da Romano
Troops from:[12][13]
Milan, Cremona,
Mantua and Ferrara
8,000 Cavalry[4][5]
Incl. 3,000 Knights [4][5]
Casualties and losses
Unknown Heavy[11][12][14]

The Battle of Cassano was fought in the Autumn of 1259 between a Guelph and a Ghibelline army in northern Italy.

In 1259, Ezzelino da Romano and his Ghibelline army moved into Lombardy and besieged Orci Novi.[8] But the approach of the Guelph army forced Ezzelino to abandon the siege and cross the Oglio River. Joined by exiled nobles fom Milan, the Ghibellines attempted to take the city of Monza by force, but the attempt failed.[12] Ezzelino and his troops, aware of the dangerous position they were now in, retreated to the Adda river.[12]

Here, Ezzelino III da Romano and his troops were defeated by the Guelphs under Azzo VII d'Este.[4][10] Ezzelino was wounded and captured,[1] and imprisoned at Soncino, where he died of his wounds a few days later.[8]


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Coordinates: 45°31′34″N 9°31′00″E / 45.52606°N 9.516771°E / 45.52606; 9.516771

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