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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Philippe Guittard (4 months ago)
Lots of things to see inside and outside (beautiful view of the surroundings). Well selected ambiant music in many rooms. Very cheap compared to other sites.
Agnieszka Nosowska (8 months ago)
A must-see in Monte Sant’Angelo! Historical monument with amazing views of both mountains and the sea. Entrance is only 2€, worth every penny!
Corina Pickering (12 months ago)
This is a very beautiful castle to walk around and learn about its interesting history. There are also great views from many different spots around it! I recommend checking out all the random doors and going through all the little tunnels.
Nick Pribus (2 years ago)
Like many things in Italy, closed midday so we could not visit, but walked around the outside and enjoyed feeling the history
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