Apricale Village & Castle

Apricale, Italy

Apricale is a picturesque small village to the north-east of Dolceacqua in western Liguria and surrounded by forested hills, included on the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

The Lucertola Castle next to the square towards the top of the village dates from the 12th century and you can still see two towers and parts of the walls. The two churches also both contain interesting historical artefacts such as a medieval mosaic in the Church of the Purification of the Virgin Mary* and the 16th century altarpiece in the Oratory of Saint Bartholomew.

As well as the main square it is also the tiny alleyways, arched passageways and ancient houses and staircases that give Apricale its unique charm so allow time to explore the most obscure corners of the village!

References:

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 12th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Italy

More Information

www.e-borghi.com

Rating

4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Yury Chernyshov (5 months ago)
A very interesting place with a good museum. Open only on Saturdays and Sundays after 2 pm and 5:30 pm. Entrance € `3.50 per person. From an interesting material about a native of Aprikale, who from a laundress became a favorite of the Russian tsar and in 1905 spied against Japan in favor of Russia, a sort of Italian Mata Hari
Michaël Baillot (2 years ago)
A faire sans aucun doute. L'approche par la route permet déjà de découvrir un village tout de pierre, planté en pleine montagne avec un charme fou. La visite est ensuite une réelle expérience : tout le village est un enchevêtrement de venelles, d'habitations en pierre, de recoins, d'escaliers improbables, de boîtes aux lettres plus créatives les unes que les autres. Un vrai moment de jeu à se perdre et se retrouver. La place principale est charmante.
Elena Morandi-Bonner (2 years ago)
A truly lovely spot especially if the weather is clear. The castle itself is open for visits at 3 PM.
Andrea Vironda (2 years ago)
Old and characteristic castle places in the middle of Apricale. It hosts a weird kind of hotel: a "spread hotel", meaning that rooms, reception and other services are widespread into the whole city
Stuart Hitchcock (3 years ago)
Beautiful location
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Beckov Castle

The Beckov castle stands on a steep 50 m tall rock in the village Beckov. The dominance of the rock and impression of invincibility it gaves, challenged our ancestors to make use of these assets. The result is a remarkable harmony between the natural setting and architecture.

The castle first mentioned in 1200 was originally owned by the King and later, at the end of the 13th century it fell in hands of Matúš Èák. Its owners alternated - at the end of the 14th century the family of Stibor of Stiborice bought it.

The next owners, the Bánffys who adapted the Gothic castle to the Renaissance residence, improved its fortifications preventing the Turks from conquering it at the end of the 16th century. When Bánffys died out, the castle was owned by several noble families. It fell in decay after fire in 1729.

The history of the castle is the subject of different legends. One of them narrates the origin of the name of castle derived from that of jester Becko for whom the Duke Stibor had the castle built.

Another legend has it that the lord of the castle had his servant thrown down from the rock because he protected his child from the lords favourite dog. Before his death, the servant pronounced a curse saying that they would meet in a year and days time, and indeed precisely after that time the lord was bitten by a snake and fell down to the same abyss.

The well-conserved ruins of the castle, now the National Cultural Monument, are frequently visited by tourists, above all in July when the castle festival takes place. The former Ambro curia situated below the castle now shelters the exhibition of the local history.