Carovigno Castle

Carovigno, Italy

The first document to mention the castle in Carovignot dates back to 1163. Since then, the fortress fell in the hands of several rulers, the Normans of Geoffrey III of Montescaglioso, the Swabians in 1194 and the Angevines in 1306. In 1382 it passed to the prince of Taranto Raimondo del Balzo Orsini who then bequeathed it to his wife, queen Maria of Enghien, countess of Lecce. 

The present appearance of the castle is due to recontruction works carried out between 1300's and the 1400's on a previous building. The rare triangular plan features angular towers connected to each other by curtain walls. The whole upper level is slightly jutting, while the walls are thickly crenellated. The curvilinear tower further amplifies the impression of a military building and unveils the Senese influence of the architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Elizabeth Manuel (6 months ago)
Rather disappointed. Not much to see inside. Beautiful building though. Entrance fee is 5 euro each adult and child age 6
Harald Harms (7 months ago)
Very cool Castello with a lot of rooms to view as well as new art display in several rooms. It's free to visit and not very busy, nice relaxing beautiful place to explore
mal Essling (9 months ago)
A nice cool visit on a hot day, worthwhile.
Roger Huntjens (4 years ago)
Nice, but only visible from outside. Visiting not possible in afternoon until 15.30
Tom Koers (5 years ago)
Not really worth it. They charge you €3 per ticket. Don't expect views from up on a tower, you are only allowed on the first floor. Barely any historical items are in display. See photo's.
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