Category: Italy

Scaliger Castle

Scaliger Castle is located in Sirmione, Italy. The 13thcentury fortress is believed to have been commissioned by Mastino I Della Scala and used by the fleet of the Scaliger family as a fortified port. The castle reinforced Verona’s defenses and served to show Mastino’s political power. Scaliger Castle is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by Lake Garda. The fortress has crenellated walls and boasts a moat and drawbridge leading up the 150 steps to the ramparts and tower. In 1405, Verona and surrounding towns were annexed to the Republic of Venice and a Venetian garrison was deployed from Scaliger Castle. New stone walls were built around the harbor at this time. The castle’s importance began to decline in the 16thcentury with the building of a new fortification stronghold in Peschiera del Garda, nevertheless the warehouses and arsenal remained at Scaliger Castle. The territories belonging to Venice were conquered during the Napoleonic Wars and French forces remained in the castle until 1814. In 1861, when the independent Italian states united, Sirmione became a part of the Kingdom of Italy. Hot thermal springs were found in Sirmoine at the end of the 19thcentury and the town became a resort area. The increased tourism to the area and the castle led to the castle’s restoration in the 20thcentury. Scaliger Castle is considered one of the most well conserved of Italy’s castles. The castle is open to the public and serves as a tourist facility and museum.

Castello DI Padernello (Padernello Castle), Pa…

Castello DI Padernello (Padernello Castle), 
Padernello, (near San Giacomo), Brescia, Italy.

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The castle was built at the end of the 14th century by the Martinengo family, who owned it until the death of the last heir. After changing owners a few times, the castle was abandoned in 1961 until in 2006 the Padernello Castle Foundation started a long series of renovation projects. It has a working drawbridge and moat.

Sammezzano, aka the Castle of Sammezzano,Lecci…

Sammezzano, aka the Castle of Sammezzano,
Leccio, Reggello, Province of Florence, Tuscany, Italy.

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Sammezzano is an Italian palazzo, notable for its Moorish Revival architectural style. The original palazzo was erected in about 1605 by the Spanish nobleman, Ximenes of Aragon. In the 19th century, Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes inherited the property. Between 1853 and 1889, he remodeled it into one of the largest examples of Moorish Revival architecture.

Castel Nuovo (“New Castle”), aka Maschio Angio…

Castel Nuovo (“New Castle”), aka Maschio Angioino,
Piazza Municipio, Naples, Italy.

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Castel Nuovo was built in 1279. The castle’s scenic location and imposing size makes it one of the main architectural landmarks of the city of Naples.

Castel del Monte (Castle of the Mount), Andria…

Castel del Monte (Castle of the Mount),
Andria, Apulia region, Italy.

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Castel del Monte is a 13th-century citadel, constructed during the 1240s by the Emperor Frederick II who had inherited the lands from his mother, Constance of Sicily.

It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge leading some to conclude that it was never intended as a defensive fortress; On the other hand, archaeological work has suggested that it originally had a curtain wall, so what we see today might be just the keep of the original castle complex.

The Castel del Monte is a World Heritage Site, and appears on the Italian version of the one-cent euro coin.

The Rocca di Urbisaglia, 62010 Urbisaglia MC, …

The Rocca di Urbisaglia,
62010 Urbisaglia MC, Province of Macerata, Italy.

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Rocca di Urbisaglia is a 16th-century military fortification, including ruins of medieval fortifications and Roman walls. Its imposing position, dominating the Fiastra Valley below, suggests that the Arx (the citadel, the most protected area of the town) is built over the Capitol of the ancient Roman town Urbs Salvia.

Castel del Monte (Castle of the Mount), Andria…

Castel del Monte (Castle of the Mount),
Andria, Apulia region, Italy.

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Castel del Monte is a 13th-century citdel and castle. It was constructed on a promontory, during the 1240s, by the Emperor Frederick II, who had inherited the lands from his mother, Constance of Sicily.

It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge – leading some to conclude that it was never intended as a defensive fortress. On the other hand, archaeological work has suggested that it originally had a curtain wall, so what we see today was just the keep of the original structure.

The Castel del Monteis a World Heritage Site, and appears on the Italian version of the one-cent euro coin.

Castel dell’Ovo [“Egg castle”], Via Eldorado, …

Castel dell’Ovo [“Egg castle”],
Via Eldorado, 3 80132 Naples, Italy. 

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Castel dell’Ovo is located on the former island of Megaride, now a peninsula, in the gulf of Naples.

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Castello della Guaita, San Marino, Italy ~ by ilhan1077

allthingseurope: Lago di Iseo, Italy *by esac…

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Lago di Iseo, Italy *by esaclibur_1