Villafranca Castle

Moneglia, Italy

Villafranca Castle was built around 1130 and it was heavily altered in 14th and 15th centuries.

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Founded: c. 1130
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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danilo bug (5 months ago)
Beautiful recovery operation of a historic and panoramic site. However, insufficient maintenance and care.
Simone (11 months ago)
Walk of steps leading to the top of the undemanding tower Clean area, let go a bit but still worth a visit Spectacular view of Moneglia and the beach There is a sort of museum and conference rooms but they were closed
Giuliana Adami (13 months ago)
Suggestive .. overlooking the sea!
marcella pogna (13 months ago)
Riparo dalla calura tra le piante e le fortificazioni dove si ha una bella vista del mare..a noi รจ piaciuto molto
Marko Rodella (13 months ago)
Nice park to visit, if you have some free time, only the building is left with little maintenance, almost abandoned
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