Pilato Castle

Nus, Italy

Situated in the centre of Nus, Pilato castle was built by the lords of Nus in the 12th-13th century. Its owners abandoned it after a fire, preferring the castle on the hill (Nus Castle). The castle gets its name from the legend which claims that Pontius Pilate stopped there on his way to exile in Gaul. Today the ruins that survived the fire have been restored and are open to visitors: a ladder takes visitors up to the upper circle of the towers.



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Via Risorgimento 3, Nus, Italy
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Luca Tirnusciolo (11 months ago)
The name of the castle derives from a legend according to which the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate stayed there while on his way to Vienne, in Gaul, where he was exiled by Caligula. In reality, at the time in the village there was only a Roman mansio, but the imaginative support to support the legend was given by the discovery in 1846, reported by Édouard Aubert, of some ancient coins and Roman medals among the ruins of the castle of Pilate. In reality, the discovery of the coins probably diverted an earlier tradition: in fact, Pilate's passage through Nus was already mentioned in the seventeenth century by another historiographical work, which curiously wants Pilate to have stayed rather in the upper castle. It is a stronghold with a rectangular plan built by the Lords of Nus (Seigneurs de Nus) in the feudal period, of the building which consisted of four floors only the two hanging corner turrets and three of the thick perimeter walls in bare stone remain.
Giacomo Luis Fantinuoli (16 months ago)
Cute in the context, too bad it doesn't have the habitability to be able to go upstairs to see everything better. The idea of ​​the restaurant inside is pretty.
Richard Neville (2 years ago)
Interesting to see a chic bar and restaurant incorporated into a medieval tower to create a semi-open air venue.
Vincenzo Mammoliti (3 years ago)
Locale particolare. Sembra di essere in un Deor ma di altri tempi. Luogo storico dove sapientemente è stato ricavato un locale d'intrattenimento. Anche in inverno a il suo fascino. Scaldato sufficiente è un luogo per passare una bella serata.
Matthieu Crétier (3 years ago)
It’s the best place in the area where to have a decent, errata corrige amazing, glass of wine. On the menu there are several types of wine, both from the surrounding area and from other vineyards in Italy. I strongly suggest to enjoy your wine inside the suggestive structure of Pilato castle; it’s outside but is covered and you don’t feel any wind. The staff is really welcoming and ready to explain each type of wine they have in their collection. Perfect for a date (I assume, coz I was there with friends).
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