Castello DI Padernello (Padernello Castle),
Padernello, (near San Giacomo), Brescia, Italy.
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.
The Rocca di Urbisaglia,
62010 Urbisaglia MC, Province of Macerata, Italy.
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, Apulia region, Italy.
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, 3 80132 Naples, Italy.
Castel dell’Ovo is located on the former island of Megaride, now a peninsula, in the gulf of Naples.