Alfonsino Castle

Brindisi, Italy

The Aragonese Alfonsino Castle, best known as Forte a Mare ('Sea Fort'), was built by King Ferdinand I of Naples in 1491 on the S. Andrea island facing the port of Brindisi. It is divided into two sections: the 'Red Castle' (from the color of its bricks) and the more recent Fort.

The castle was besieged by Venetians in 1529 and French army in 1799. It was damaged by storm in the modern age and was abandoned in 1984.


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Brindisi, Italy
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Founded: 1491
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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bernadette mccluskey (7 months ago)
Lovely safe place to take a short walk and take in the sea. There is a handful of street bars along the walk but service and quality is 50/50. The little harbour with small fishing boats is exquisite. Nice for after dinner walk and tipple. Watch the sunset.
Dejan Braki (7 months ago)
The Aragonese Castle occupies a commanding position on a tiny peninsula in the middle of Brindisi bay, right at the sea entrance to the city. We reached it by car, but found out it's closed due to ongoing renovation works. Anyway, we made some good photos of the area around
Ilona Van Vlodrop (13 months ago)
Beautiful castle on a small island across from the historic center of Brindisi. It can be reached by car or bus. The site is run by a small team of archeologists and historians, who are also the ones who give the guided tours in several languages. The castle itself is very impressive and very beautiful. Definitely worth a visit, highly recommended!
ER Bazor (2 years ago)
A most impressive fortress. Our Tuk Tuk tour driver took us to it...lot's of history with impressive thick walls. Very much worth seeing. Be aware there are tall stairs to climb.
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