Bovino Castle

Bovino, Italy

The castle of Bovino was built by the Norman Count Drogone and later expanded by Frederick II, and in the 1600s it was transformed into a noble residence by the dukes of Guevara. Currently inhabited by the descendants of the Guevara family, in the past it was one of the most beautiful patrician residences in the South of Italy.

The Norman tower exists and is supported by a massive barbacane, in pyramidal shape. The construction is still retains good, between rocks and walls that partly retain vestiges of roman and hanging gardens. The castle stands on a rocky spur and overlooks the whole valley, famous for the raids of the bandits who, until the advent of united Italy, took to assaulting and plundering caravans and coaches that, from the Campania Region, to reach the Adriatic coast, were forced to pass through this narrow and dangerous throat between the mountains. The rooms of the Palazzo Ducale offer the visitor the possibility to appreciate the rich decor and visit the small but charming private chapel with majolica floor, where there is preserved a fragment of Sacred Plug, nestled in a cross of admirable workmanship, together with many relics of saints including a particle of purpura of Jesus Christ.


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Via Guevara 5, Bovino, Italy
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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Fernando Silvestri (12 months ago)
Very nice
Francesco Niccolini (2 years ago)
Worthy of Macbeth and his witches. Magical and surreal vision. Not to be missed.
Simone Di Giovanni (2 years ago)
Very nice, it gives you the air of being in a medieval setting
Tiziana Buono (2 years ago)
Place of particular landscape and historical interest. Well preserved, it tells the story of the place, as would a more famous, but not more beautiful and interesting, Tuscan village. To appreciate the white lanes paved with local river stone. There is a healthy family atmosphere, thanks to the pretty houses plastered in white or with ancient exposed bricks, and historical, thanks to the Frederick's castle, already built on Roman ruins, and the beautiful Romanesque-style cathedral. Too bad it is not a destination with a high tourist influx. Highly recommended. Ps. Near the castle, the gaze is immillesima in the colors of the Apulian countryside, giving the viewer a sense of fullness and peace.
Ron Colangelo (2 years ago)
We stayed there in 2018. The castle is Beautiful. The TV didn't work but we only stayed one night. It was very drafty. But it is a medieval castle. The views were spectacular especially sunrise out our window overlooking bovino.. it was clean and spacious. It was a great experience.
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