Castello di Rovereto is one of the best examples of late-Medieval Alpine castles. It was built by the Castelbarco family, near the Leno Torrent, in the 14th century. In the 15th century, the Venetians seized it and transformed it into a military fortress with a defensive function, equipped with four massive bastions. In 1509, following the Venetian defeat, was handed over to the Habsburgs who ruled it until the end of The Great War.
The castle, also called Castel Veneto, is recognized as one of the most complete and interesting Venetian-type Alpine fortifications. You will find it in the heart of the historic center of Rovereto.
In the Marino and Malipiero defense towers, you will discover an extensive modern-era weapon collection: armor, side arms and firearms, for both dueling and hunting (16th-18th century).
Since 1921 the castle has hosted the Italian War History Museum: temporary and permanent exhibitions about the history of the two world conflicts will help you reconstruct the events of the First World War, while the educational activities aimed at school groups intends to bring the younger ones closer to history. In the past, the Castello di Rovereto hosted Maria Dolens, the renowned Campana dei Caduti (Bell of the Fallen Soldiers), now located at Colle di Miravalle. In its halls, the original plaster model is still visible.References:
Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.
Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.
Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.