Amantea Castle

Amantea, Italy

First built by the Byzantines, Amantea Castle was strengthened by the Arabs. The current cylindrical tower is however to the Norman-Hohenstaufen age. It was long besieged by Charles of Anjou's troops in 1269. It was nearly destroyed in the earthquakes of 1638 and 1783 and during the French siege in 1806-1807. It is now a public structure, but is abandoned.

Castle, now in ruins, is on plateaux with a beautiful view both on small bay of Oliva river, on Tyrrhenian sea, and Catocastro river valley.


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


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Kevin Flores (5 months ago)
Beautiful place with a lot of history. In fact, to get to the site, there is an alternative route through the Amantea historic center where you read the entire history of Amantea and the events that occurred during the Second World War. With my wife we ​​tried to go to the civita tower but it's a shame how poorly cared for the road is, all full of mountains and without any route to guide yourself. They indicate that it is private property, in which case they should take care of giving it care and at least cleaning. Places like these are going to attract tourists and generate income in the end, so whoever is in charge should take action regarding their maintenance. The view and the tour are the best, really beautiful!!
Marcelo Rezzoagli (8 months ago)
Abandoned by the administration but still great
ilaria pucci (16 months ago)
#Amantea was wonderful: its colors, its art, its history have literally captured me and I absolutely want to go back… maybe with more calm. I felt my heart beating in the old town with its colorful benches, painted doors, peach ornaments and paintings. The photos do not do it justice because the real adventure is to put your mobile phone in your bag (mine was so low) and walk through the small streets admiring the beautiful colors. Then arriving at the Belvedere of the Church of San Francesco d'Assisi was like a conquest: I will always carry those ruins with me! For real! ... and also the pistachio and orange cream from #gelateriasicoli.
Jam (18 months ago)
Slight hike up but wonderful views along the way and this place is great! Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be maintained anymore and some info plaques are missing however it's still worth the trip
Claudio Mandica (2 years ago)
A place of history and culture, a truly fascinating place
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