Gesualdo Castle

Gesualdo, Italy

The origins of Gesualdo Castle can be traced back to the Middle Ages during the Lombard conquests in southern Italy in the 7th century. It was founded either by the legendary Knight Sessualdo or by Radelchi, Prince of Benevento, as a defensive outpost. The first documented records date back to the 12th century under Norman rule, with William of Altavilla as the first lord. The castle gained importance during the Norman-Swabian era and became a prominent fortress in the region. 

Carlo Gesualdo, a descendant of the Norman line, transformed the castle into a Renaissance-style mansion in the late 15th century. Over the centuries, the castle suffered damage and looting during various conflicts, including the Franco-Spanish War and the arrival of French troops in 1799. It underwent significant renovations in the 19th century and was designated as a site of historical and artistic value in 1913. The castle was severely damaged in the 1980 Irpinia earthquake and has undergone ongoing restoration efforts. Currently, a portion of the castle is open to the public, and future plans include establishing a polyphony education high school within its premises.


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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Salvatore Castagna (2 years ago)
Alice Park (2 years ago)
I was in dream. It was my privilege that I went his castle.I love Carlo, Carlo, and Carlo!!
Angelo Maiorano (3 years ago)
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Gianluca D'Amelio (6 years ago)
The best time to visit the archaeological area, including the castle, is all around August. There are many events throughout summer, though it might be quite difficult to explore the little village in periods other than summer. It seems that the organisers have just started to promote visits and that avoids mass tourism. Definitely a good choice of restaurants, local shops and thematic events is still missing.
Elisa Troiano (6 years ago)
Marvellous castle in one of the region's most beautiful areas, that is Irpinia. The stunning view is definitely worth a visit.
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