Aiello Calabro Castle

Aiello Calabro, Italy

Aiello Calabro Castle was probably buillt in the Byzantine period in the 9th century against Arabian raids. It was besieged  four months by Norman count Robert Guiscard in 1065. He lost two of his nephews in the siege. 

The current ruins date mainly from the 15th century. In the 16th century it was one of the most powerful castles in southern Italy. Aiello Calabro castle was destroyed by earthquakes of 1638, 1783 and 1905. Today part of curtain walls and towers remain.


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


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Anselmo Filice (6 months ago)
I would hire three sheep and 2 ibex to free these "four walls" from the two meter high grass. In other places in Europe they would charge the entrance fee to visit such a cultural asset. A star for the management of the cultural heritage owned by the Municipality. 5 stars for the castle.
Ava Jackson (14 months ago)
Was fun it was kid friendly as long as your kids can walk.I really enjoyed it.hahaha
Rossella Garavaglia (2 years ago)
Very beautifull
maurizio “Ioriman” iori (4 years ago)
The current structure of the castle dates back to the Aragonese period although there are obvious elements dating back to the Norman period. The castle was of fundamental military importance. Composed of five iron gates, drawbridge, towers: the square-based keep, the clock tower and several watch towers, chapels, cisterns for the needs of the citadel, walls and tunnels for escapes, fell into disrepair in following the earthquakes of 1638, 1786 and 1905. However, perimeter walls, angular towers, cisterns and some rooms under the towers remain, which it is advisable to visit. At the castle you are reached through a picturesque gateway, carved into the tufa rock
Laura (4 years ago)
Too much grass. Not easily usable
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