Nicastro's origins trace back to the 9th century, when Calabria was part of the Byzantine Empire, when a fortress called Neo Castrum ('New Castle') was created. In 1057, the area was conquered by the Normans, but Nicastro revolted against Robert Guiscard and his brother Roger. Having dominated the revolt, the new nobiliary had the castle built, which was restored in the 13th century by Frederick II of Swabia. It served as the place of imprisonment of Frederick II's son Henry.

The castle was destroyed by the disastrous earthquake of 1638 and lies today in ruins. 

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Anna Kot (17 months ago)
A beautiful walk up the hill, narrow streets, old buildings - a truely Italian experience
Bart (2 years ago)
Not worth the effort of going up there on foot
Sergey Pozharnenkov (2 years ago)
We tried to visit the castle but it was closed for visitors. Genuine please was to walk around the castle through narrow streets of Lamezia Terme old town and to visit churches around
Annie Schulenburg (3 years ago)
It seems that it is closed indefinitely for renovation :( you can see a nice view of the castle and nicastro if you walk past the castle onto the main road.
Lavinia Hincu (3 years ago)
It's closed. But the trip was nice. :)
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