Castles

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Castle St. George Mantua
  Castle of St. George, Ducal Palace, Mantua   Castello San Giorgio is part of the Ducal Palace located in the city of Mantova, The castle can be reached by entering from the Ponte San Giorgio. It is a reddish castle and dates back to the Middle Ages, from the time of the Gonzaga family. The construction of the large castle began in the year 1395 under the directions of Bartolino, an achitect hailing from the city of Novara. It was built to defend the city
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Castello Ducale mantova
  Mantua - Aerial view - Photo courtesy of EdoM/Wikimedia   The Reggia dei Gonzaga or the Palazzo Ducale is located in the city of Mantua, or Mantova. The palace is, in fact, a group of buildings located between Piazza Sordello and the shore of the bottom lake in the north east side of the city. The entire structure is made of a large number of gardens, courtyards and buildings. The structure used to be formed by a series of different buildings,  
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
castles lazio
  The region of Lazio is rich in castles, and contrary to what people may think, they are not all in Rome.  Thruogh the region, wonderful buildings await to be discovered: here are some of the best.      Castles by the sea     Castello di Santa Severa   Located at less than one hour from Rome, the hamlet of Santa Severa hosts a Norman castle built in the 11th century. The castle was probably erected on another building, as its height seems to suggest, and the current architecture is the result
Monday, August 25th, 2014
castles puglia
Apulia is another Italian region rich in castles with different styles and origins. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful ones in the region:   Castles by the sea in Puglia Placed right next to the sea or sometimes directly on the sea, you will find such types of castles in several Apulian towns:   Castle of Taranto:  The architect Ciro Ciri is the author of this castle who designed it on some Byzantine fortifications for the Aragon king Ferdinand. The castle is also known as castel
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Catania Castello di Aci Castello The castle of  Aci Castello was built in dark volcanic stone and it is situated on a cliff on the sea, not far from the town. Due to its strategic position, this place was used as a fortress and it was conquered by Normans. The castle was destroyed several times and it was partly damaged by the eruption of the Etna volcano in 1169. It also witnessed the clash between Aragon family of Sicily and Anjou of Naples but later in the time it became a prison in 1787
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
castles Italy
The central section of Sicily includes a number of beautiful castles that can be visited among the provinces of Enna and Caltanissetta. In this article you will find a list of some of the best castles that you can find here, with some useful information about the past of the area and its legends:   Enna  Castello di Lombardia   This is considered the most ancient and majestic castles all over Sicily. Even if the castle of Lombardia recalls the northern region of the country and its name is
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Sicily is the region with the highest number of castles in the country. It would be impossible to visit all the castles present on the island but here is some of the must-to-visit reduced in a short selection in the Western side of the territory:  Agrigento Castle of Racalmuto  Most of the castles in the region have Swabian origins and the Castle of Racalmuto is one of these. The monument is an example of military architecture founded under the king Ruggero d'Altavilla but later inhabited by
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
    Castles in Calabria were mainly built to protect lands and people from sea attacks coming from the region's vast coast line. It was the Normans who first started to build fortresses and castles here, but there are also sites with different origins. Here is a selection of the most amazing among them:   Castello di Corigliano Calabro   This castle, situated in the province of Cosenza, was built by the Norman king Robert Guiscard in the second half of the 11th century to control the area. The
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Todi, Panorama   Todi Castle is located in the town of Todi in the region of Umbria. The castle is also known as Capecchio and is located on top of a hill 10 miles from the town of Todi, close to Terni. The castle was originally built in the year 1100 AD as a watch tower, and over the centuries it evolved into a full sized castle.   History of Todi Castle Todi Castle was constructed to protect the southern boundary of the territory of Julia Colony. The watch tower
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
castles in basilicata
  If you have a penchant for historical buildings and castles are your thing, then Basilicata may be the region for you, as it is home to some magnificent buildings created by the Normans, the Bourbons and the Anjou. Many of them are in ruins, but still maintain a timeless charm. However, it is to those kept in good conditions, those for which time seems not to have passed, that we'll dedicate the next few lines. Castel Lagopesole   Castel Lagopesole in Avigliano, Basilicata. Ph. Fiore
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
castles of italy
The South of Italy is rich in history and art. Castles are plenty and many of them are still in fantastic conditions: some of them are very famous, others are barely known, all of them represent charming destinations for a beautiful day's outing. Because of their predominantly marine locations,  it can be said the majority of them were built to prevent sea attacks and to defend the areas surrounding them. Today, most of these buildings are known because of their historical relevance. Here are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
castello sforzesco milan
  Sforzesco Castle, Milan Ph. depositphotos/adrenalina     The Sforzesco Castle, or the Castello Sforzesco is one of the best-known historical buildings in Milan, witness of several historical events in the past centuries. The castle was demolished and rebuilt many times over the centuries. Today, after having been restored and embellished, it has become a symbol of the city itself and of its history.     History of the Castello Sforzesco   A
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castel del Monte Ph. depositphoto.com/stefyblue   Castel del Monte is a unique castle built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, in the Apulia region. When the Emperor had the castle built, he created a symbol which was of much significance, reflected in the layout, shape and the location of the castle. Castel del Monte is located on a small hill close to the Santa Maria del Monte monastery, near the town of Andria.   Castel del Monte is a perfect example
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Gualdo Tadino - Rocca Flea (Flea Fortress) - Photo courtesy of Simonecappellini/Wikimedia Rocca Flea, or the Flea Fortress, is a fortified castle located in the town of Gualdo Tadino in the region of Umbria in central Italy. The castle is located on the upper part of the same hill as the town itself. The castle dates back to the reconstruction of the town in 1237 and is thought to have been built during the Lombard times. In the year 1242 the castle was rebuilt by Frederick II and over
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Nomenutm - The Castle - Entrance - Photo courtesy of MM/Wikimedia During the 10th and 11th century the Castle of Nomentum was under the possession of the Roman family of Crescensi. The Normans destroyed the castle in 1058 and the population reduced significantly. The Capocci family acquired the castle and, later the Holy See entrusted it to the Benedectine monks San Paolo fuori le Mura.   History of the Castle The noble Orsini family used the castle as one if its residences during the 15th
Friday, June 1st, 2012
castles italy
  Castel del Monte, Puglia Ph. depositphotos/stefyblue   Majestic towers, crenellated battlements, stone fortresses perched upon rocky crags, romantic ruins, sumptuous palazzos and much more: these are the images that come to mind when picturing the Castles of Italy.   The political instability of Italy during the middle ages has left its countryside and cities full of testaments to this turbulent time period. Castle formations are found throughout Italy, and they
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Castello Papi della Magliana - Entrance - Photo courtesy of castellidelazio.com   In the past, when popes wanted to escape the stifling summer heat in Rome, one of their preferred destinations was Castello della Magliana. Located near the Tiber in the old Magliano area outside Rome, the castle is first found in written history when mentioned in an 11th century document as being in the possession of the Santa Cecilia Monastery in Trastevere. The castle's hey day was during the reign of Pope
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Baronial Castle or Castello Baronale, Fondi Plain between Terracina and Fondi - Photo courtesy of MM/WikimediaThe Baronial castle in the town of Fondi in Lazio is quite a typical military structure from its era. The castle has round towers which stand up to a height of more than 30 meters and has become an important landmark of the town ever since it was built in the 14th century over a stretch of old Roman walls by Onorato I Caetani. During the 16th century the castle was the seat of the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Nepi, Borgia castle and Farnese fortification - Photo courtesy of GDelhey/Wikimedia The Borgia Castle is located in Nepi which is in the province of Viterbo in the Latium region. Nepi is located 40 km from Viterbo and close to lake that gets its name from the town. The Borgia castle is a reconstruction of an older feudal manor that dates back to the 15th century. The castle has large walls and four towers, out of which one is open to visitors.   History of the Castle The Borgia castle is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
albornoz orvieto
  Orvieto - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Taoute/Wikimedia   Those visiting the town of Orvieto will find the historical fortress of Rocca or Fortezza dell'Albornoz on the left side of the Piazza Cahen. The castle was founded by Spanish Cardinal Albornoz, under the orders of Pope Innocent VI and from the designs of Ugolino di Montemarte, at a site that once held an Etruscan temple and was meant to be a safe base for the Church in the area.   History of the Castle
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena is a small comune located in the Liguria region of Italy in the province of Savona. The village is located close to the cities of Savona and Genoa. The village is spread over an area of 16 sq km and has a small population of only 197. Castelvecchio dates back to the 11th century and it still has an old town that clings to the mountain with its characteristic stone houses. The main highlight of the village is its ancient castle that
Friday, June 1st, 2012
    Andora - Castle's Remains - Photo courtesy of Dapa19/Wikimedia Castello di Andora is located on top of a secluded hill in the small town of Andora. Historically the town was known as Paraxo and is located in the province of Savona in the Liguria region. Today only the ruins of the walls and defensive towers of the original castle can be seen.     History of the Castle The Castle of Andora is located on top of a hill in the valley of the River Merula. Along with Saints James and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ladispoli, aerial view of the Tyrrenian coast and the Palo-Odescalchi Castle (1500AD ) The Castle of Palo or the Castello di Palo is a medieval fort located in Palo in the Ladispoli municipality. The castle is today owned by the Odescalchi family. The castle stands overlooking the sea where in the ancient time the Etruscan town Alsuim had once stood. The castle had originally been built for defense and the manor is the only structure which is fortified along with the Flavia tower which had
Friday, June 1st, 2012
rocca maggiore assisi
An old postcard of the Rocca Maggiore Ph. flickr/Miss Shari   The historic city of Assisi is dominated by two large medieval castles. The larger castle is known as Rocca Maggiore which is an imposing bastion that looms over the hill town, intimidating potential invaders. The castle as seen today is mainly the work of Cardinal Albornoz, with several later additions by Popes Pius II and Paul III.   Assisi's Rocca Maggiore dominates the entire skyline with its impressive
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Nerola - Castello Orsini, Avezzano Earthquake, 1915 - Photo courtesy of Tabularius/Wikimedia   We've all read fairytales where the castle in the story played almost as big a role as the characters themselves. Who hasn't dreamt of being the princess sleeping in a castle's fluffy bed or a prince storming the walls to save his beloved? As you grow older you begin to wonder if such fanciful places even exist. Well, they do, and one of these castles is situated only a few kilometers from Rome,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
View of the city of Perugia   If visiting Perugia be sure to visit Rocca Paolina, which may not be the first castle to be built in the city, but is certainly one of the most important. Built in 1373 after Cardinal Aegidius Albornoz wrested control of Umbria and Tuscia from Pope Innocent VI, it was meant as a testament to the cardinal's prowess and power. The plans for the original castle were drawn up by Gattapone Gubbio and it was the largest in the area at the time. Only three years after
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rocca Pia: The Pride of Tivoli Castle of Rocca Pia in the hilltop town of TivoliRocca Pia is an ancient castle located in the historic city of Tivoli. The castle replaced the earlier Callisto II Borgia and derives its name from Pio II Piccolomini, the Humanist Pope who had ordered that the castle be built in Tivoli. Niccolo and Varrone were the two architects entrusted with the construction of the castle. The castle took one year to build and its main purpose was to control the city and to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
castelvecchio verona
  Castelvecchio in Verona Ph. depositphotos/Snake81   If you make it to the medieval city of Verona in northern Italy be sure to make a stop at the Castelvecchio ("old castle"), a fortress built by Cangrande II ("big dog") of the Della Scala family in 1354–1356. While the castle itself has very little ornamental decoration it is an important structure and also offers the opportunity to tour some beautiful art as today it is home to the Castelvecchio Museum. The museum can
Friday, June 1st, 2012
salerno castle campania italy Down in South West Italy, the provincial capital town of Salerno in the Campania region is home to Castello di Arechi. Located on the Bonadies Mountain, 300 metres above the Tyrrhenian Sea level, this castle was built in the seventh century on behalf of the Lombard Prince Arechi II who moved the capital of the Dukedom from Benevento to Salerno. On a hot day, the uphill stroll can seem like a trek up Everest though believe me if you like history and scenery, this
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Tolfa - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Pippo-b/Wikimedia   The city of Tolfa, which has a history that dates back to the Bronze Age and is known for its well preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture, is also famous for the nearby Castle of Rota. Situated 195 meters above sea level it can be found off one of the branches of the Via Claudia Braccianese, near the Verginese Migone river. Not far from Rome it is often a place where city dwellers go to escape the stifling heat of summer for
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Palombara Sabina - Aerial View - Photo courtesy of Cyhawk/Wikimedia The Borgo Castello di Castiglione or the castle town of Castiglione is located one km away from the town of Palombara Sabina. The castle is quite magnificent and is known to be one of the best examples of medieval structure. The building of the castle itself dates back to the later half of the 13th century and stands dominating the entire territory due to its location at a high altitude. The construction of the castle was
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sirmione, Lake Garda Scaliger Castle is located in the Italian lakeside town of Sirmione. Sirmione is a comune and town located in the province of Brescia in the region of Lombardy. Sirmione has a beautiful historic center which is situated on top of a small peninsula that juts out into the southern portion of Lake Garda. The Scaliger Castle is consideredone of the finest examples of a medieval fortification, including a very rare fortified port. Sirmione was once known as Garda, and had been
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Remains of Castrum Marcellini -  Photo courtesy of lazionascosto.it   On the slopes of Monte Gennaro, about forty kilometers from Rome, is the quaint town of Marcellina. In ancient times the charming hilly area was quite important due to its strategic location. Today its main claim to fame are the historic ruins of the Castrum Marcellini, the grand fortresses and defensive walls that once protected the city and its inhabitants.   History of Castrum Marcellini There is no firm evidence
Friday, June 1st, 2012
    Narni - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Croberto68/Wikimedia   The town of Narni is a part of the Umbria region and is located on a stunning limestone cliff overlooking the Black River. Rocca Albornoz is one of the town's most notable landmarks. Built in the 14th century the Rocca Albornoz was originally a military structure meant to protect the territory from invasions and is now used for various exhibitions and for various conferences.    History of the Castle The castle was built in
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rome - Castello di Lunghezza - The Portal - Photo courtesy of castellodilunghezza.it The Castello di Lunghezza is a medieval fortification that is located around twenty kilometers from the city of Rome. The castle is located in the province of Rome and according to various historians, it is located at the site of the ancient city of Colliata.   History of the Castle It is not known exactly when the castle had been built but according to scholars, the oldest manor in the location had been
Friday, June 1st, 2012
monteriggioni
  ​ Panorama of Monteriggioni, Tuscany Ph. depositphotos/maumar70   Monteriggioni is located in Tuscany, in the province of Siena. Monteriggioni is located on a top of a hill and is a completely walled medieval town which has managed to retain its ancient roots and its medieval looks over the centuries. Many scholars describe it as one of the best examples of medieval villages in all of Italy. The walled town was originally built in the 13th century by Siena and not many
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Orsini Cesi Castle from Afar - Photo courtesy of orsinicesi.it In the heart of the lush Lucertili Mountains, in the small town of San Polo dei Cavalieri, about 30km from Rome, is the Castello Orsini Cesi Borghese. Centuries ago the castle was built as a strategic defence fortress and today it is a monument to the area's long and rich history. If you are staying in the area or taking a day trip from Rome keep a look out for the castle, which is hard to miss from its perch atop a high
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bracciano - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Mac9/Wikimedia The Orsini Odescalchi Castle is located on the shores of the Bracciano lake, around 20 miles from the city of Rome. Common agreement is that this structure is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, due to its elegant mansion and its elegant but effective military architecture. The rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated with a number of valuable paintings and frescoes. Over the centuries, the castle had been home to several
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Detail of the Castel of Visconti in Pavia The Castello Visconteo or the Visconti Castle is located in the town of Pavia in the region of Lombardy. The castle had been built on the orders of Galeazzo II Visconti in the year 1360, after conquering the city. The castle had been the main residence for the Visconti family. There is a large park north of the castle including Certosa of Pavia which had been founded in the year 1396 and had been used as a private chapel for the powerful family.  
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Upper Albisola and Savona as seen from The Castellaro - Photo courtesy of Gancjo/Flickr Il Castellaro is a small castle located on a hill in the cozy town of Albisola Superiore, in the province of Savona in Liguria. The remains of the castle can be found in the area where the Sansobbia and Riobasco Valleys meet, very close to the famous church of San Nicola. The mild climate and charm of Albisola, along with its impressive architecture and ancient ruins like Il Castellaro, make it
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castellaccio dei Monteroni Castellaccio of Monteroni is one of the most important historical monuments of the town of Ladispoli. The castle is actually a fortified farmhouse built during the Middle Ages close to the ancient route of Via Aurelia. The castle is located in the heart of the Monteroni archeological area, which has several large Etruscan mounds. The castle is a very rare example of a fortified farmhouse. Located 35 km from Rome, many tourists from all over the world visit it
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Gubbio - Historic Center                                   The Castello di Petroia is located on a soaring hill and is surrounded by defensive walls and the Umbrian mountains. The majestic medieval castle, which overlooks the beautiful Chiascio valley, is located near the historical town of Gubbio and has now been made into a luxurious hotel. The glorious castle can trace its roots to the 9th and 10th centuries and was built to be a fortified base of power, strategically
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Giulius II Castle in Ostia - The Tower The castle of Julius II is located in Ostia Antica, close to Rome. The castle is located in Piazza della Rocca which is an elegant small square. The town itself is quite small but is known for its well preserved ruins and its architectural marvels.   History of the Castle The Castle of Ostia has been built originally for defending the territory. It has been built in a triangular shape with the base facing towards the sea. In the past centuries, the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
castel sant'angelo rome
  Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome Ph. depositphotos/GekaSkr   If you are visiting the ancient city of Rome why not stop to see the Castel Sant'Angelo, the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian? Named for the gorgeous statue of the Archangel Michael on the roof, today the building is the home of the Museo Nazionale de Castel Sant'Angeo. Erected on the shores of the Tiber the structure is located close to the Vatican and was once used as a military fortress.   The Tomb The Castel
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Theodoli Sambuci Castle - View - Photo courtesy of castellidelazio.comAbout forty-five minutes from Rome is the small town of Sambuci, a quaint center that owes its origins to the Benedictine monks who founded many of the area’s settlements. One of the main attractions in charming Sambuci is the Castello Theodoli. From the 1200s to the 1600s the Castle underwent various transformations depending on its use at the time. Used as both a defensive fortress and a home, the Castle was owned by
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Aragonese Angevine Castle: Gaeta's History Gaeta - Angevin-Aragonese Castle Panoramic view - Photo courtesy of Simplex/WikimediaThe imposing structure of the Aragonese Angevine Castle is located in the city of Gaeta. Gaeta is a comune and city located in the province of Latina, in the region of Lazio in central Italy. The city is set on top of a promontory which stretches towards the Gaeta Gulf and is located 120 km from Rome. Gaeta played an important role in Italian military history. Its
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castello del Leone Castello del Leone means the Fortress of Lion in Italian. The castle is located in the town of Castiglione del Lago and had been built by Emperor Frederick II. Castiglione del Lago is located in the Perugia province in the region of Umbria. The town is located on the southwestern side of Lake Trasimeno. The town is located 59 km from Orvieto, 21 km from Chiusi and 56 km from Arezzo while Crotona is 21 km and Perugia is located 47 km from the town.   History of the Castle