Camairago Castle

Camairago, Italy

Camairago Castle was built in the first half of the 15th century by the order of Vitaliano I Borromeo, a nobleman from Milan. Borromeo family still owns the castle. During the first Italian War of Independence it was a headquarters of Austrian field marshall Radetzky in 1848.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.castellodicamairago.it

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Robin Lauwaert (2 years ago)
The Sforzesco Castle is something you have to see when you are in Milano. It is at least as impressive as the famous Duomo, but thanks to the huge park behind it, it is not as crowded. I really recommend visiting this place. It has large outdoor squares and museums, exhibitions and an armory on the inside. There are public bathrooms as well. It's completely free to enter the castle
A Tomic (2 years ago)
Magical place that gets you the feeling like you are in some other time. Presentation of Leonardo is great and there is soooo much to see, make sure you spare a day for this place, it is that big and rich in history. Ticket is cheep for so much things to see. Loved the armory, musical museum and Michelangelo sculpture
Fernando Ramirez (2 years ago)
The place is absolutely amazing. One of the best area to chill down after a good day. You can walk your pet or just chill out in the park. It 's really clean all the time and there are a lot of people even at night. Around the area you find a lot of different stuff to do if you feel tired from the park.
Zuzana Rapantova (2 years ago)
Absolutely beautiful! A stunning architecture! However there were lots of "sellers" pushing us to buy some stuff (they throw at us a bracelet and said pay for it!). But really nice place :)
Onyinye Okonji (2 years ago)
I absolutely loved it here. This place gave me the old medieval feel. It is well maintained and picturesque. You can tell that a great history belongs here and many stories have originated too. There are giant cats that live in the moat which is almost 20 feet deep. Amazing!
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