Trani Castle

Trani, Italy

Trani has lost its old city walls and bastions, but the 13th-century fort has been extensively restored as a museum and performance venue and is open to the public. 

The castle was commissioned by Frederick II of Swabia in 1230. It was completed three years later, although consolidation of the structure continued for a further fifteen years. Like many other castles, it was modified in the 16th century when Charles V reinforced the defensive structure by adding two bastions equipped with fire arms.

The Castle, with its quadrangular base, is one of the finest existing examples of Swabian defensive architecture. Originally featuring square-base towers on each corner and a central courtyard, it was later fortified with the addition of an external wall. It stands by the sea and was, in the past, directly linked to the water. It used to have a wooden drawbridge.



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Founded: 1230
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Kyra (4 months ago)
This castle is a must see in the heart of Trani! It is in excellent condition and it dates back to around 1233. There is a platform where you could get an excellent view of the ocean and the city. In addition, you will learn so much about the interesting history. For people who also like art, there is a great art exhibition upstairs that exhibits the Queen of Naples art collection of Italian art. Furthermore, the staff is super knowledgeable and friendly and will help you answer any questions you may have. I recommend that anyone visiting Trani comes here!!
Aysha Saleem (4 months ago)
If you plan a tour of bari or anyother city on your way to the destination it's a good stop to explore (but not for the whole day). If you're asian (India;Pak ) and want to have Desi food then I would say "sorry my friend". Because there isn't any except the one kebab shop which opens in the evening.
Michele Francolino (5 months ago)
What a beautiful and peaceful place. The only downside is the main church wasn't open. I would have loved to see inside
Dr. Bob (9 months ago)
I was the only one...had the run of a castle, how cool is that. Price is cheap too. Video gives history with English subtitles, but not much more English info. But still cool.
András Strén (14 months ago)
Nice old fortress, unfortunately it was closed (2022 Jan 2)
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