Monfalcone Castle

Monfalcone, Italy

Monfalcone Castle, locally known as Rocca di Monfalcone or Castello di Monfalcone, lies on a mountain north of the town with the same name. Originally a prehistoric fortified village, the site was occupied by a Roman observation tower, guarding the road from the town of Aquileia to Trieste, and later by a fortress dating back to the reign of Theoderic the Great (around 490 AD).

As a stronghold of the Patriarch of Aquileia, overseeing the County of Duino, the castle was long contended for by the Patriarch and the Count of Gorizia, but was also a 'free commune' holding a seat in the Friulian Parliament.

Having surrendered on 14 July 1420 to the troops of the Venetian doge, Tommaso Mocenigo, it became an important outpost for the protection of the Venetian mainland against the Count of Gorizia and the Austrian Emperor and a defence against the attacks of the Turks.

In 1797 it came under Austrian rule and on 9 June 1915 it was occupied by the Italian army.

The castle is a square keep surrounded by a circular wall and a low earthen wall.



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Founded: c. 490 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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ABDULLAH AL FOYSAL (7 months ago)
It's a really nice place for people.. Not recommended for children coz it's very high and difficult to climb.
Max Greenway (14 months ago)
Beautiful little fort with great hiking trails, stunning view of surrounding area
Freddie F (19 months ago)
Beautiful Rocca located 10 minutes walking from Monfalcone city centre. The two museum supervisors were very accomodating and exhaustive on information. I arrived on a hot weather and I found fresh cold water for me and for my dog also. Amazing views of mountains and sea up high. Super recommended!!
Travel & Fun with Anubhav (3 years ago)
Nice view of small town,, fresh air and not crowded
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