Italy Journals

Italian medieval castles filled with mysticism.

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A travel journal to Italy by Zhebiton

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Quote: Today most castles were restored and are open to visitors. Magnificent castles in Italy are ready to warmly welcome your guests and share them with their medieval mysteries.

Castle of Fronzola

Attraction | "Castello di Fronzola"

Castle of Fronzola Photo, Bronzolo, Italy
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At present the castle Fronzola, unfortunately, remained alone ruins densely vegetated. Only a small stone remains testify about bygone power plants.Castle Ruins Fronzola located in the central part of beautiful Italy, namely in the region of Tuscany, one of the ten provinces of Arezzo, a few miles from the commune, Poppy, which is a small town with a population of about 6,000 people. About this place is first mentioned in 1169 during the first emperor of the Roman Empire, Henry IV.Now Fronzola an abandoned ruin, densely vegetated and a little reminiscent of the original structure of the castle. Near the castle is now a population of no more than a dozen people. This small villa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 29, 2011

Castle of Fronzola

Poppi, Fronzola

Fenis Castle-Castello Di Fenis

Attraction | "Castello di Fenis"

Fenis Castle-Castello Di Fenis Photo, Valle de Aosta, Italy
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If you look at it from above, it is - a pentagon surrounded by round towers and lookout high crenellated walls in two rows. In order to reach the second round of the walls, you must pass through the square tower in the south of the castle. Previously, there was established linkage with heavy iron bars, but over time the need for this device was lost and it eliminated.In one of the towers of the castle was constructed loft, as we all know now, before the pigeons were postmen, and in case of emergency or war, they let out, so they flew and were able to warn of trouble neighbors or call them for help.Inside the medieval castle beautifully decorated ancient frescoes, and all of its rich ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 29, 2011

Fenis Castle-Castello Di Fenis
Frazione Chez Sapin
Fenis, Valle de Aosta
0165 764263

Trani Castle-Castello di Trani

Attraction | "Castello di Trani"

Trani Castle-Castello di Trani Photo, Puglia, Italy
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Italian Trani castle is located in the south of the country in the region of Puglia province of Bari. The city of Trani is now a common Italian city, with well-selected old center, delimited with a new part of the city wall. Although the origin of this city is shrouded in legend that founded this city one of the heroes of Homer - Diomedes.The castle, located in the old part of town, with a view seems rather austere building, causing some tourists even an association with the nuclear reactor. But being close to the cathedral, located on the seafront, is an amazing spectacle. In this cathedral together three churches: the church of San Leucho, Church of St. Mary's Cathedral and the main St. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 29, 2011

Trani Castle-Castello di Trani

Trani, Puglia

Castello di Tornano

Hotel | "breath of Chianti"

Castello di Tornano Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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Castle Tornau, circling the hills of Chianti is located only 20 km from Siena and 50 km from Florence. This is one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Italy, and is protected under the Ministry of Culture.The history of the castle dates back to Tornau 10th century. During the attack, Frederick Barbarossa, served as a fortress.Recently, the castle was completely renovated, but retaining all the features of medieval architecture. Now it is a magnificent hotel that will satisfy the needs of even the most demanding guests.The first mention of the castle belongs to the July Tornau 790 g. This was a 17 year of the reign of Charlemagne in Italy. Apparently, the castl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2011

Castello di Tornano
Localita Tornano
Gaiole in Chianti, Siena 53013
+39 0577 746067

Hotel Villa San Michele

Hotel | "The famous house-museum "

Hotel Villa San Michele Photo, Fiesole, Italy
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Villa San Michele is an Italian landmark, which has worldwide fame. The famous house-museum is located on the outskirts of Florence, near Fiesole.The exact date of construction of the house-museum is not known, but most scholars are inclined to think that construction began in the first half of the 16th century. At that time, the monastery, which became the foundation for the house-museum has been expanded and completely renovated by Giovanni di Bartolomeo. In 1980 the company «Orient-Express» started a large-scale reconstruction of the building: the work of employees were involved in the Museum of Fine Arts in Florence. In recent years, much attention is paid to the state house-museum is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2011

Hotel Villa San Michele
VIA DOCCIA 4
Fiesole, Italy
39-055-567-8200

Il Castello di San Gaudenzio

Hotel | "Castello di San Gaudenzio"

Il Castello di San Gaudenzio Photo, Voghera, Italy
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Italian medieval Castello di San Gaudenzio is located near the town of Voghera in northern Italy. Built in the early XV century, the castle has been completely renovated and is now the current castle hotel, which also specializes in organizing business events and weddings.The first stone of the foundation of the castle of San Gaudenzio laid back in 1400. It is a rectangle with four corner towers with battlements guarding the perimeter. This is the classic "folk architecture" of the medieval castles of Lombardy (as the name of this part of Italy), designed to glorify the military might of the Italians. Inside the castle are beautiful gothic arches on the windows and doorways, which, togethe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2011

Il Castello di San Gaudenzio
Via Mulino 1
Voghera, Cervesina 27050

Castello Rosso

Hotel | "Ancient castle of the 15th century "

Castello Rosso Photo, Piedmont, Italy
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This ancient castle of the 15th century is located in Piedmont, a region of northern Italy. The word Piedmont means "foot of the mountains." The capital of the Piedmont - Turin is widely known in our country as a city car group Fiat. In fact, Turin - the city is very ancient. And these lands first settled by the Romans in the 29th BC. Oe. The first settlement in this place had the streets are straight and perpendicular to each other, as a Roman military camp.The time between order passed, changing the rules. In the 13th century Piedmont departed the House of Savoy. It is a rule of this court for the appearance of magnificent palaces, preserved in Turin, to this day. At the same time was er...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2011

Castello Rosso
Via Ammiraglio Reynaudi, 5
Costigliole Saluzzo (Cuneo), Piedmont 12024
39 0175.23.00.30

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art

Attraction | "Museo di Arte Contemporanea"

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art Photo, Rivoli, Italy
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Probably, the castle was built in the IX - X century, but the first mention of it appeared in 1159, a charter of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who gave the castle Turin bishops. In the XI century the castle was sold Sivoyskoy dynasty and soon after, began feuds with the bishops, because of what the Rivoli in 1184 was damaged. In 1330 Amadeus VI Sivoysky left the castle of Rivoli, and moved to lock Kansilo dei Principe. A little later, he moved into the castle Duke Emmanuel Philibert, because he could not stay in Turin, until his son. He posted his residence there and began working on the restoration of the castle by the architect Ascanio Vittotstsi. In 1562, he was born Charles Emmanuel I, and togethe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art
Piazza Mafalda Di Savoia
Rivoli, Torino 10098
0039 011 9565 22

Relais La Suvera

Hotel | "spirit of the Renaissance "

Relais La Suvera Photo, Siena, Italy
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An ancient castle Relais La Sovereign was built in the Middle Ages, 30 kilometers from the famous equestrian competitions Tuscan city of Siena, close to such rich culture of cities like Florence and San Gimignano. The appearance of the lock fits perfectly into the overall atmosphere of the province of Chianti, where the green fields, orchards and vineyards covered with hills alternate with stately buildings of the Italian Middle Ages. Castle Manor Relais La Sovereign includes the papal villa and the Church of Saint Charles Borromeo, built in Renaissance style. Restored to their original style of the Tuscan farmhouse and stables are surrounded by Ancient flowering gardens and bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Relais La Suvera
VIA DELLA SUVERA 70
Siena, Italy 53030
39 0577 960300

Castel Rundegg Hotel

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Hotel | "hotel and exclusive beauty center"

Castel Rundegg Hotel Photo, Merano, Italy
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Randegg - an ancient castle located in Italy near the large city of Merano to the province of Bolzano (northern Italy). A little more than a century ago that part of the country in which the castle belonged to was Austria. In this regard, there are still some strong Austrian traditions. The castle stands between the Val and Val Passeier Ventosta in the exclusive area of ​​Maia Alta is known for its spas. Randegg does not look like a castle in the usual sense - rather it is a huge mansion, built in the Romanesque style. The estate consists of a set of extensions, covered with a peaked tile roof. In the summer Randegg is surrounded by green garden, which is the subject of special pride for t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Castel Rundegg Hotel
Schennasterasse 2
Merano, Trentino-Alto Adige 39012
866-539-0036

Castello di Pavone

Hotel | "the most beautiful hotel in the world"

Castello di Pavone Photo, Turin, Italy
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Pavon itself as one of the most beautiful castles in the world. It is surrounded by a spacious park of tropical plants, which is designed waterfall and Pavon has a patio with a well on the perimeter of the castle surrounded by powerful fortifications. The interior and the terms of the original Pavon: antique furniture, paintings, tapestries, chandeliers, glass, porcelain, armor, etc. Thus, a visit to the castle is a real visit to the Middle Ages, that is actively marketed the guidance located here away. This fortress was founded in the IX century (roughly 850-859 years dating.), But the original medieval citadel until the XIV century, has expanded several times and rebuilt. Pav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Castello di Pavone
Via Dietro Castello
Pavone Canavese, Torino 10018

Castello Di Oliveto

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Attraction | "most interesting and beautiful places in Tuscany"

Castello Di Oliveto Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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Castello di Oliveto located in the heart of Tuscany in the Empoleze Val Elsa Castelfiorentin city, including beautiful Florentine hills, just 50 kilometers from Siena and 30 kilometers from Florence, 18 kilometers from San Gimignano, 35 km from Voltaire and 90 kilometers from the sea. The castle belongs to the olive grove, ancient buildings of the 15th century. Its construction was completed in 1424. Building was erected at the request of a wealthy Florentine family-- Pucci. Now this is one of the most interesting and beautiful places in Tuscany. It is surrounded by magnificent olive groves, located at the top of the hill. Around the whole system is protected by moats, towers a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Castello Di Oliveto
Via Di Monte Olivo, 6
Castelfiorentino, Tuscany 50051
39 0571629722

Castel del Monte

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Castel del Monte Photo, Puglia, Italy
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Castle del Monte stands alone on a secluded hill in western Murge in the desert city of Andria Bari province, at an altitude of 560 meters above sea level. The modern name of the castle complex was only at the end of the XV century, the original name has survived. Named Castle Castel del Monte was in honor of the eponymous ancient settlement at the foot of the hill on which there was a small convent of Santa Maria del Monte. Often, local residents of Andrija call it "the Crown of Puglia." Historians believe that the Castel del Monte was conceived as a hunting residence, but the interior of the rooms was too richly decorated and luxuriously furnished for such purposes. Castel de...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Castel del Monte
Andria in the Apulia Region
Andria, Italy

Angevin Castle

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Attraction | "Castello Mola di Bari"

Angevin Castle Photo, Bari, Italy
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If you go along the sea, to the left of the cape on the road stand the walls of the fortress. By the will of Charles I, she defended the coastline province of Bari. The project, developed in 1279 by Pierre de Adzhkourt, and embodied by Giovanni da Towle was made in the shape of the polygon. Castle Mola di Bari, or Angevin castle from a height like a star. However, the unique layout was too complicated for the thirteenth century, because there is a hypothesis that the castle originally consisted of a rectangular tower with three levels, topped by battlements and embrasures and loopholes protected. Set of basic structures of the castle, probably located between the southern and eastern rampa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Angevin Castle
Mola di Bari
Bari

Castello Marchione Photo, Bari, Italy
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Not far from Conversano, Bari is located in the province lock Marchione. Time hid from us the origin of its name. We only know that earlier in this place, not far from the coast, was the hunting lodge, surrounded by dense oak grove. Over time, wood was cut, and to this day preserved old oak, which is almost five centuries. In the XVIII century the castle served as the summer residence of Prince Giulio de Acquaviva IV. The XIX century manor fell into decay. Castle building rented, completely without regard for its artistic value, which is especially noticeable in the first photographs of the 1900s. In the 1920s, became the mistress of the castle princess Julia d'Aragona Acquaviva, who took ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Castello Marchione
Strada Provinciale 101 Conversano-putignano, Km 6,400
Conversano Bari
080.495.97.74

Castello Banfi

Attraction | "a great tasting room"

Castello Banfi Photo, Montalcino, Italy
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In Italy, especially in Tuscany, a large number of medieval castles, each of which is in its interest, each with its own history and special place in contemporary Italian culture. All of them once served one purpose - to protect the surrounding land and to be a stronghold of a ruling dynasty, but in the modern world, their fate changed dramatically: some way and continue to be a refuge for families of descendants of the medieval barons, and Marquis, some have become museums, and some in the fashionable and expensive hotels. One of these locks, the silhouette and the emblem of which is particularly well known to all lovers of wine, is Castello Banfi. And those who do not particularly versed...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2011

Castello Banfi

Montalcino, Tuscany
39-0577-840111

Castello del Valentino

Attraction | "The castle Valentino "

Castello del Valentino Photo, Turin, Italy
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Not exactly famous, but the castle is notable that Valentino makes Turin native Italian charm that is so proud of the Italian people. Imagine the castle apart from Valentino Valentino Park is simply impossible. Together they make up a mouthwatering ensemble, especially during flowering. Situated castle and surrounding it, not least the famous Valentino park on the banks of the river Po. Here you can see the magnificent fountains, including the famous fountain "Four Seasons" with the statues, which depict each month of the year, rose garden, an unusual rock garden. Getting to this park, you become a part of nature. In this park you rest. Lawn, small bridges over small streams, s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Castello del Valentino
Corso Massimo d'Azeglio
Turin, Italy 10126

Castello di Velona

Hotel | "In the heart of the famous Tuscan"

Castello di Velona Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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The origins of the castle Velona takes away the 11th century, which originally functioned as a protective fortress, then a luxurious villa of the aristocratic, and by the end of the XX century has turned into a luxury hotel, chateau de luxe class. From the top of the hill where the castle, open strikingly beautiful views of vineyards and olive groves. Schlosshotel Velona is only half an hour from Siena, and has nearby towns such as Montalcino and Montepulciano. This comfortable hotel is ideal for travelers on the most famous and amazingly beautiful area of ​​Italy - Tuscany. A modern hotel, which turned the castle, located near Val d'Orcia unique park, 120 km from the international airport...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Castello di Velona
Località Velona
Tuscany, Italy
+39 0577 800101

Castello Dell Oscano

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Hotel | "In the atmosphere of old times"

Castello Dell Oscano Photo, Perugia, Italy
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Would you like to live in this aristocratic castle, surrounded by a huge old park?The castle stands on a wooded hill near the Italian city of Umbria and Perugia. In the atmosphere of old times and stories you already immersed in the ancient city of Siena in the Chianti wine road on which you can reach the castle. Surrounded by tall trees and a majestic castle looks absolutely unassailable.Inside the castle is designed with the utmost modern comforts, but the Italians have carefully saved all the old furniture. Therefore, the inhabitants of the castle are not hard to imagine being guests at the old ball.The castle was built in the style of the XVIII century in Italy....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Castello Dell Oscano
STRADA DELLA FORCELLA 37
Cenerente 06134
39 075 690125

Castello di Casiglio

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Castello di Casiglio Photo, Como, Italy
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Castello di Casiglio, founded in the X century is located in a green area of ​​Brianza, near Como Lake, in what is now the park. In 1985, the castle was completely restored and expanded, without changing the medieval style. At present the building of the castle is used as a hotel. Originality and elegance of each room impresses tourists every year. Each room of the castle-hotel is furnished in its own style. The castle stands on a hill Casiglio facing the main entrance on the north-west, which was typical of the forts and fortifications of the Middle Ages. The actual founding date back to the beginning of X century, when the plateau near Lake Como, there was a military outpost,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Castello di Casiglio
Via Cantu 21
Erba, Como

Castello Della Castelluccia Photo, Rome, Italy
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Castello della Castelluccia is located near Rome, and surrounded by a park of more than 500 hectares. Several years ago the castle had been restored and visitors can marvel at its grandeur and beauty. Castle takes visitors all year round. The castle is now Castelluccia hotel with comfortable rooms, furnished with antique furniture. In the tower of the castle-hotel are suites. In the Locanda you can taste dishes from the old menu and bask in the huge fireplace. At the garden - a wellness center with swimming pool. The hotel can accommodate Kastelyuchcha with their small pets. Castello della Castelluccia was built in the 11th century by the family Castelluccia in place of the imperial villas...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Castello Della Castelluccia
VIA CARLO CAVINA
Rome, Italy 00123
39-06-3020-7041

Castello Ducale di Corigliano Calabro

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Attraction | "Castello di Corigliano"

Castello Ducale di Corigliano Calabro Photo, Cosenza, Italy
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Corigliano Castle - one of the most popular tourist attractions in southern Italy. It is located in the city, which has a similar name - Corigliano Calabro. This small town filled with historic buildings, inhabited by about 400 thousand people. In addition to the castle town known for the fact that on its territory there are 122 churches! As typical for most medieval castles and fortresses, Corigliano is conveniently located at the highest point of the city. Rising above the narrow streets, he would be crowned as the top of a huge hill like a mountain, and watching all the surrounding lands. Its strategically convenient location visible to the naked eye. Being built as an outpost as far back as the 11...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Castello Ducale di Corigliano Calabro

Corigliano, Calabro

Castello Di Leonina Relais

Hotel | "Сastello di Leonina"

Castello Di Leonina Relais Photo, Siena, Italy
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Castle Leonina lies about ten kilometers from Siena and two kilometers from the town Ashyano in the heart of Tuscany. This was once a fortified manor in the second half of XVII century was converted into a fine summer residence for Pope Alexander VII (in the world - Fabio Chigi), a well-known philanthropist, a man highly educated and enlightened for his time. The castle survived or were restored interior in an old Tuscan style. Today it is located luxury hotel, the whole situation is - carved wood panels, antique furniture, paintings, wrought iron lamps, velvet curtains, fireplaces and much more - like the old times. From the castle offers wonderful views of the Tuscan hills. L...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Castello Di Leonina Relais
Strada Di Leonina 5
Siena 53041
390577716088