Forte La Carnale

Salerno, Italy

The Forte la Carnale, is located near the mouth of the river Irno, is part of a defense system consisting of towers, built in 1563 to defend the city from invasion of the Saracens.

Probably takes its name from a massacre of Saracens occurred around the year 872. For its strategic location, it is thought that the Carnale would host men on horseback with the task to warn people if there were attacks from the sea. By the middle of 1600 Ippolito from Pastena used it as a base of the strong command to a rebellion against the Spaniards.

He established near the Forte la Carnale also a garrison of 100 men to face the landing of French troops subtracting Salerno capitulation. Even during the last war the fort was the scene of historic events with signs still evident.

Currently it has been completely restored and offers two levels provided with halls for cultural exhibitions, a belvedere and dining places. Its terrace overlooking a vast landscape, ranges from the Gulf of Salerno at the Amalfi Coast and Cilento.

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Founded: 1563
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Lorenzo L. (13 months ago)
Too bad the bar is no longer active .. I think it is one of the references of the city as well as being an excellent panoramic point. Years ago there was the summer cinema, concerts, theatre.. it's a shame to see it so inactive
Simone Caravano (2 years ago)
Forte La Carnale one of the icons of the Salerno seafront. Dating back to 1569 and was built near the mouth of the river Irno with defensive intentions. It suffered several damage, especially during the Second World War, as it was used as a bunker for the defense of citizens during the bombing of enemy forces. In the eighties, renovation works were carried out with two levels equipped with halls for exhibitions and cultural exhibitions, belvedere and dining rooms equipped with a panoramic lift. The adjacent gardens are beautiful. Currently closed to the public, a major flaw as it is a site of historical importance and should be considered a historical place
Jane K (GypsySoul) (2 years ago)
Closed. Disappointed
Annalaura Giannantonio (Lolli) (3 years ago)
Forte La Carnale dates back to 1569 and was built with defensive intent from the ferocious Saracen raids, which infested the city coasts. It was equipped with a watchtower where the soldiers stayed. Over the centuries it has suffered various damages, above all during the Second World War, when several bunkers were set up for the defense of citizens during the bombings of enemy forces. In the 1980s, renovation work began on the fort. The gardens surrounding La Carnale are very beautiful. Unfortunately, the fort is currently closed to the public, despite being a site of historical importance since it has been taken over by a private owner for the organization of events and shows. It enjoys an exceptional panorama of the Gulf of Salerno, particularly suggestive in the evening.
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