Cles Castle

Cles, Italy

Isolated on a hummock surrounded by terraced orchards in the artificial basin of Santa Giustina, Cles Castle was built as a fortification to control the Roman road, which used to link the two banks of Stream Noce via a wooden bridge. The original ancient centre was composed of the 'Age-old Tower'. Prince-Bishop Bernardo Clesio had the castle expanded and given a Renaissance style look.

At the beginning of the 16th century the castle was attacked, during the so-called Peasant Rebellion, and in 1825 suffered a severe fire, yet it still boasts indoor some 16th century frescoes ascribed to Marcello Fogolino.

Now property of the Barons of Cles, the castle is closed to the public except for special summer events.



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Via del Castello 4, Cles, Italy
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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3.8/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Kamila S (7 months ago)
The castle by the lake visible from afar. It cannot be visited. You can see it from the viewpoint.
Paul Copcea (9 months ago)
Beautiful castle with a beautiful lake view next to it as well.
Marco Brioschi (2 years ago)
Beautiful Castle, on a hill between the town of Cles and Lake Santa Giustina. To reach it a narrow and unpaved road, mini parking at the base of the castle. Too bad we found it closed. From the outside it is very well kept and the view that should be enjoyed from its walls is certainly something unique .. the 3 stars only for the external view.
Francesco Marchetti (2 years ago)
A stupendous monument, unfortunately not open to visitors because it is private, a shame because the conditions seen from the outside are more than excellent
عبدالله العيسى (2 years ago)
not open for public
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