Duino Castle

Duino, Italy

Duino Castle was built by the Wallsee family in 1389 on the cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Trieste. It replaced an older castle from the 11th century. Over time, the Wallsee family disappeared and the castle, after having been used as a prison, became the residence of the Luogar and Hofer.

At the end of the 19th century it became the property of Prince Alexander von Thurn und Taxis from the Czech branch of the House of Thurn and Taxis. It remains with the family to this day with his great-grandson Prince Carlo Alessandro della Torre e Tasso, Duke of Castel Duino the current owner. The castle has been opened to the public as a museum and park.



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Via Duino 39, Duino, Italy
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Founded: 1389
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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William Cornforth (11 months ago)
Worth a visit even for seasoned Italian Palazzo visitors. Thoroughly interesting and beautiful - the interiors and the views. Don't miss the underground shelter thing.
Attila Tényi (2 years ago)
Nice castle in the center of Duino. No special parking place for visitors. Normal entry prices. It has a beautiful garden. Fantastic view from the walls. Nice collection inside the castle. You can visit many rooms. You can only circulate among different floors by stairs. No elevator. You can enter into the bunker from the garden. Interesting but many steps.
gerryg (2 years ago)
One of those elegant places spanning the years of history. Elegant formal gardens, elegant rooms, antique musical instruments, antique furniture and furnishings and an old library, curiosities such as a letter from Queen Victoria to her niece, a bunker used by the Germans in World War II. Great views over the Adriatic. How much you like it will depend entirely on how much all this matters to you but it is at least great eye candy.
Jiri Holicek (2 years ago)
Well maintained castle out of the crowds of tourists. You can walk around the castle throughout terrace with beautiful sea views and visit 4 floors of the palace. There is the tower with very grateful view around the castle. Especially view to the old castello is very impressive.
Simon Pender (2 years ago)
Lovely. You must come and look. Spectacular views, gorgeous gardens. Helpful staff. Bring a spare battery pack for your phone because you'll be taking lots of pictures. There's a good cafe with a clean, modern toilet. Entry is cheap for this wonderful experience.
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