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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Roger Huntjens (3 years ago)
Nice, but only visible from outside. Visiting not possible in afternoon until 15.30
Dennis Abrazhevich (4 years ago)
It’s ok for a midday stroll.
Sonia Ingle (4 years ago)
Evening visit to listen to some jazz; really nice. Have promised myself to visit the castle during the day; it's really worth a visit. It's in great shape.
Michael Dino Cotugno (4 years ago)
This place is really nice. A real fairytale castle with big rooms, open spaces, fancy art. Make sure if the opening hours before going though
Danny Phillips (5 years ago)
I must say from the start I haven't been in the castle as it was closed when we visited. It is a fine example of town defences an very nicely preserved . It takes a roughly triangular form ( wedge shaped) the main gate way is particularly attractive. We liked the small streets surrounding the Castello , close to the town centre and the tourist information office easy walking even for the less able.
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