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Castellaccio dei Monteroni
Sunday, December 19TH, 2010 by ancos
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 throughout the year. The castle was built near the road in the 14th Century and speculation has it...
Scaliger Castle, Sirmione
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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 a Veronese summer resort for the elite since the 1st century BC. The town had grown to become one...
Visconti Castle
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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.   Visconti Castle History Bartolino da Novara had been the architect who had been entrusted with the...
Castello del Leone
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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 Castello del Leone had been built on the orders of Emperor Frederick II for defense purposes. The...
Castello Borgia, Nepi
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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 located along the ancient Amerina route. Not much is known about the original structure which had...
Rocca Pia, Tivoli
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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 prevent any future revolts or violence. History The castle was built at the end of the medieval and...
Castello di Lunghezza
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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 built in the year 752 AD when a fortified monastery had been built by the Benedictine monks for their...
Castle of Pope Julius II
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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 mouth of the Tiber River was in fact quite close to the walls of the castle. The primary role of the...
Castel Nomentum, Mentana
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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 century. In 1484 the castle was damaged when an earthquake struck the area. After that, the castle...
Castello di Palo, Ladispoli
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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 been built during the 16th century as a watchtower. The manor itself is imposing and large and still in...

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