Casteldoria Castle was built around the 12th century by the Genoese Doria family, and passed from the Genoese dominion to the Aragonese, then to the Arborea Giudicato and lastly to the Malaspina family.

Only a few ruins remain of the fortress: parts of the walls, the remains of a chapel and a large cistern that was probably used to collect and store water. The famous tower, on the other hand, is well-preserved, and is an important part of the castle, built in large, rectangular granite blocks set in mortar. Twenty metres high, it has a pentagonal layout with the entrance on the north-eastern side. On the same side are two large, non-aligned openings, and a large window on the opposite side on the first floor. Inside, the castle has three wooden floors with a tiled roof and walkway. The last floor was created from what was originally a mezzanine floor before a terrace.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Alek Hojnik (14 months ago)
A nice five sided castle/tower in the middle of the forest. It gazes with pride toward the sky and makes you envision the people living there. It has 5 levels, but as it is in renovation, you can't enter. Still, the place offers some great views towards the coast and the small lake below. The road and the parking are well maintained. The path is a bit step, recommend sneakers or other shoes with firm grip as the grawel gets slippery.
Barnabas Hamerlik (20 months ago)
Wonderful view and panorama of the surrounding nature from the tower. Worth climbing up the steep ladders.
Timothy Black (2 years ago)
Abandoned castle on a neat ridge. About a 15 minute hike up a gravel road. Nothing much around except the tower, and it doesn't seem to be a popular place for tourist, which is nice if you like getting of the beaten path.
Marco Galbiati Stella (2 years ago)
Spectacular views above a beautiful, wild canyon (only sad thing, a horrible hotel built right at the beginning of the canyon. An eyesore, happily not visible anymore once you're in the canyon, nor from the tower)
Huib (4 years ago)
Nice for quick stop
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