The Castle of Bauso in Villafranca Tirrena was built in 1590. It conserved a hall with frescoes, marble medallions portraying four members of the Pettini family, and tombstones inscriptions.

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Founded: 1590
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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gaetamichele (3 years ago)
To see but not exceptional. Empty rooms without furniture.
Stefania Di Pietro (3 years ago)
Unfortunately I arrived when it was closed I only saw the well kept outside, defects I'll have to go back.
stefania di pietro (3 years ago)
Unfortunately I only saw it from outside the visiting hours only in the morning they did not allow me to visit it internally, I will have to return in another season now it is too hot.
filippo crc (3 years ago)
I found myself in this place of passage but I must say that the sea is wonderful and I know that I will return with my family
Girolamo Aloe (5 years ago)
It's beautiful place.
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