A country famous around the world for its history, and natural beauty- Italy is a great place to explore and visit castles. With cities that have a documented history of a several thousand years, castles in Italy have withstood the test of time to tell its visitors the story of its golden past.
Mesmerizing castles in Italy
With more than 300 castles dotted all over the country, it can easily become a near impossible task for a first time visitor to locate the best castles in Italy. However, travelers can now keep this list of medieval castles in Italy handy that will guarantee them splendid sightseeing with their loved ones.
1. Aragonese Castle, Ischia
A 2000-year old church situated near the Gulf of Naples that has outlasted legendary dynasties like the Greeks, and a near fatal destruction done by the British in 1809, the Aragonese Castle is one of the finest castles in Italy that has witnessed tremendous change in and around itself.
Travelers will have a first view of the castle from the coast of naples as they look South towards a small volcano island upon which the castle is built. The castle’s entrance is connected by a walkway for smooth passage.
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: INR 820 (for adults); INR 500 (children between 10-14); Free for children below 10 years
2. Fortress of St Nicholas, Tremiti Islands
Built on an archipelago on the Eastern coast of Italy, the fortress of St Nicholas is a scenic castle built on the Tremiti Islands. With its tall and mighty white sandstone structure, the fortress and its surroundings provide a scenic outpost for travelers who love to indulge in photography
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
3. Sforza Castle, Milan
Sforza is one of the castles in Italy that also happened to be one of the largest citadels in Europe in the medieval times. Built by the Duke of Milan, Sforza stands out today as one of the most visited sightseeing places in Milan.
What’s unique about this castle is the fact that the structure that we see today was very different from what it is was during its initial construction in the 14th century. As centuries passed and rulers changed, the castle kept getting new additions and renovations.
Timings: 7 am to 7:30 pm
Entry Fee: INR 400
4. Miramare Castle, Grignano
Miramare is arguably one of the best castles in Italy for sightseeing and enjoy natural beauty. Compared to its counterparts across the country, this castle is fairly new as it was constructed only in 19th century by an Austrian archduke.
The story of this castle is as fascinating, if not more, than its surrounding natural beauty. This castle was constructed for the purpose of being a love nest for the Austrian archduke Maximilian and Charlotte of Belgium.
Timings: 9 am to 6:30 pm
Entry Fee: INR 960
5. Buonconsiglio Castle, Trento
Situated in the mountainous region of Trento in northern Italy, Buonconsiglio is one of the most intriguing castles in Italy. Apart from being more than 700 years old, a mere walk inside the castle complex will give travelers an idea how different each part is in terms of architectural style. From its gorgeous frescos to the lovely castle fortifications, Buonconsiglio has a reputation of leaving its visitors in awe and admiration.
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: INR 820 (for adults); INR 500 (for people aged between 15-26)
6. Three Towers of San Marino
The three towers of San Marino is one of those breathtaking castles in Italy that you would usually see in a fancy travel video in which a drone circles around the castle that is built on top a gorgeous hill. Originally constructed as a prison about 1000 years ago, the three towers of San Marino has now been converted into a popular museum that showcases the armory of various kingdoms that have lived in the area for the past millennia.
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
Entry Fee: INR 350
7. Castel Nuovo, Naples
Also knowns as Maschio Angioino to the citizens of Naples, Castel Nuovo is one of the more frequently visited places of the map of castles in Italy. Built near the coast, this castle has been home to rulers not only Italian in origin but also foreign kings from Aragon in Spain. The meticulously constructed renaissance structure is a breath of fresh air in the heart of a bustling city.
Timings: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Entry Fee: INR 500
8. Castel del Monte, Bari
Not only a gorgeous castle, Castel del Monte is considered as a marvelous architectural achievement of the medieval period. With its unique mixture of Oriental, Cistercian Gothic, and antique architecture, Castel del Monte deserves every bit of plaudits it gets. Built close to a monastery near a hill, this fortress is surrounded by wildlife and nature.
With its inspiring octagonal prism design and an 8 towers supporting the structure, the optics of this edifice are a joy to behold.
Timings: 10:15 am to 7:45 pm
Entry Fee: INR 600
9. Castel Sant Angelo, Rome
A list of castles in Italy, or anywhere in the world in fact, cannot be complete without the mention of Castel Sant Angelo. This castle has seen the birth, rise, growth, fall and renaissance of the historic city of Rome in the past two millennia. A cylindrical building that was commissioned during the Roman empire, Castel Sant Angelo has long been a part of not only the DNA of Rome, but also its folklore and anecdotes.
Timings: 9 am to 7:30 pm
Entry Fee: INR 1650 (adults); INR 1080 (18 -25 years); INR 460 (0-17 years)
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10. Castle of Fenis
Constructed in the Aosta Valley bordering France and Switzerland to the north, castle of Fenis is a classical medieval castle built by the Aymon of Challant. Usually travelers go for a short day trip from Turin to visit this scenic castle. Along with admiring its architectural beauty, this mountainous region gives a lot of options for nature lovers to go for hikes and adventure sports in the Aosta Valley.
Timings: 10 am to 1 pm; 2 pm to 5 pm
Entry Fee: INR 580 (adults); INR 170 (6-17 years); Free (for children under 6 years)
Whilst it is completely possible to happen to just run into one of the many beautiful castles in Italy, this list if kept handy would give travelers a great starting point and a heading to start their adventure at the gorgeous and historical sites of Italy.
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