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Italian Medieval Castles - 1600 pixels photos​





There are thousands of medieval castles preserved in Italy. A small list (747 castles) can be found on Wikipedia.

On this iste are presented with photos, maps etc 3,179 castles:
http://www.icastelli.it/regions_it.php




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- one castle with 1-5 photos / post
-good quality and interesting photos
- ideally you would provide a map and a description, and add a Youtube / Vimeo video if of good quality
 

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Castle of Angera, Lago Maggiore, Lombardy

Castle of Angera, Lago Maggiore, Lombardy​








Rocca Borromeo di Angera dates from 13th century. It is visible from across the lake from Arona, where originally stood another castle formerly owned by the Borromeo family.

Still owned by the Borromeo family, it is best known for it Hall of Justice which still contains its original late 13th century frescoes depicting the Battle of Desio.


Angera is a town with 5,622 inhabitants which in Roman times was an important lake port and road station



Rocca di Angera by MaxMelfi, on Flickr



















 

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Castle of Lerici, Liguria

Castle of Lerici, Liguria​







The castle was built in several stages, initially consisting of a single tower erected around 1020. The present form was achieved in 1555.

Between 1152 - 1241 belonged to Genovese, between 1241-1256 to Pisans, between 1256-1396 again to Genovese. In 1426 passed to Aragonese, in 1491 to Florence etc.


Lerici (population 10,017) is a town dating from Etruscan period.



 

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Aci Castello, Sicily

Aci Castello, Sicily​








The town of Aci Castello (population 18,084) developed around the castle, which was built in 1076 by the Normans upon the foundations of a 7th-century Byzantine fortification. The castle later became the property of the bishops of Catania.


 

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Ascoli Piceno, Marche

Ascoli Piceno, Marche​








Forte Malatesta was built in 1349 over the ruins of some Roman thermae, by Galeotto I Malatesta, a dictator ruler over some cities of the area, who initially was recruited as a mercenary. Extended in 1543, the fortress was used as a prison between 1828-1978.

Ascoli Piceno (population 51,168) was founded by Piceni (an Italic population), several centuries before Rome's founding on the important Via Salaria, the salt road that connected Latium with the salt production areas on the Adriatic coast. It has a very rich history and important buildings from antiquity and middle age, being one of Italy's most interesting cities.


 

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The towers of Tarquinia, Lazio

The towers of Tarquinia, Lazio​









The town (population 16,630) is known for its Etruscan walls (built in 11-8th centuries BCE) which were repaired in medieval times and completed with towers. Other towers were erected inside the city by richer families, one belonging to Dante Alighieri.

Tarquinia preserves the most important complex of Etruscan vestiges: necropolises with 6,000 tombs, 200 of them with paintings, the aforementioned walls with Etruscan gates etc.


The video is more eloquent than the photo.


 

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Dolceaqua, Liguria

Dolceaqua, Liguria​









The Doria castle underwent many transformations. The original feudal plant, protected at the end of the 12th century by the circular tower, was enlarged and incorporated in a larger ring of walls in the 14th century.

In the Renaissance the castle became an imposing, elegant fortified residence, with new rooms, rich in frescoes and furnishings.

The castle, that had withstood many sieges, could not oppose the French-Spanish heavy artillery and was partially destroyed on 27th July 1744 during an event of the Austrian succession war.



Dolceacqua by papy06200, on Flickr









 

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Castel Lagopesole, Basilicata

Castel Lagopesole, Basilicata​









In 8-10th centuries, here was a military point controlling the via Herculea, the road connecting Melfi and Potenza. The place was conquered by Arabs, who might have initiated the building of the fortress, according to some historians.

During the Norman rule over parts of Italy in 11-13th centuries, it was built the present structure, as a hunting castle for Frederik II, the Holy Roman emperor.

Together with the more famous Castel del Monte built by the same emperor, Lagopesole is one of the finest Gothic castles in Italy.



 
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