Torri del Benaco Castle

Torri del Benaco, Italy

The present castle at Torri del Benaco (Castello Scaligero) was built by Antonio della Scala in 1383 to the ruins of a older castle dating back to the Xth century. The West Tower of older castle still remains. In 1760 the second curtain wall was torn down to make way for the Lemon Grove. The decline of the castle ended in 1980 when the Commune of Torri started complete restoration under the architect Rudi Arrigo.



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Founded: 1383
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Vlado ST (9 months ago)
A beautiful building.
Błażej Bukowy (11 months ago)
Nice, old building, simple exhibition inside. Beautiful view on Garda lake. Seems to be not much popular among tourists. Big (paid, 2 EUR / hour) parking 100m from the castle.
Martin Hühn (11 months ago)
Castell Scaligero is a place you can visit but you don't really 'have to'. It's good for a nice view and to learn something about local fishing traditions and the previous owners. If you take the ferry from Maderno to Torri you can go and see the castle at the same time, since it is located in Torri.
Tracy Bertapelle (17 months ago)
Lago do Garda is one of my favorite places in Italy to visit. So many places to visit there and this castle had 100 year old lemon trees!!
Jared Whiting (3 years ago)
Reasonable cost to enter, lovely views of the town but, not alot of Castle to see.
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