Monte Sant'Angelo Castle

Monte Sant'Angelo, Italy

Probably built in 837 by Orso I, the  Monte Sant'Angelo Castle has bastions of different ages. The most ancient part, called Torre dei Giganti ('Giants' Tower') is a pentagonal tower 18 m-high, with walls 3.7 m thick. The first documents on its history dates back to 979; later, it was the residence of Rainulf I of Aversa and the Robert Guiscard, who built the Norman Tower and the Treasure Hall.

Emperor Frederick II restored the construction to use it as residence for his mistress Bianca Lancia, while under the Angevines it was used mainly as prison. Later, from 1464 to 1485, the fortress was the residence of the exiled Albanian condottiero Skanderbeg. The castle was largely rebuilt in the late 15th century by Ferdinand I. According to a legend, the castle is currently home to the ghost of Bianca Lancia, whose sighs can be heard especially in the winter time. Today the castle is used for exhibitions.

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Founded: 837 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Jesmond Agius (2 years ago)
Nice place to visit especially if you are touring with motorcycles. Nice curvey roads.
Andrew Craven (2 years ago)
The castle is impressive but it's the cave church where the Archangel Michael "lives" which is most impressive.
Daria Jewak (2 years ago)
Great castle, nice view for whole town. Fun for kids
Walton Morales (4 years ago)
My words can not explain how beautiful this place is. You most visit here.
Tierney Capital (4 years ago)
The man at the front desk was incredibly rude and swore at several people. Seemed incredibly unfriendly and rude. Swore at several people and took forever to process a ticket. Cool event but not worth dealing with unfriendly people. TAKE NOTE
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