Lerici Castle

Lerici, Italy

One of the main sights of Lerici is its castle which since its first founding in 1152 was used to help control the entrance of the Gulf of La Spezia. The magnificent castle rises on a rocky promontory overlooking the Bay of Lerici and is considered one of the most impressive and beautiful fortification inall of Liguria.

Due to its location in the Gulf of La Spezia, it has a rich history of disputes between the naval powers in the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages, evidence of which can be found in the inscriptions still legible at the Castle's entrance.

The first phase is referred to as the Pisan domination. It was the Pisans that began construction in 1152 of the oldest structure of the castle - its pentagonal tower. The Castle’s initial structure was built in 1241 while Lerici was occupied by the Pisans and later extended and reinforced as its role developed during the rule of the Genoese.

The third phase began in 1555 and consisted of the completion of all the fortifications resulting in the current shape of the Castle and let to reinforcing the Lerici Castle’ strategic importance on the eastern border of Liguria.

Today the castle contains a museum of palaeontology.

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Founded: 1152
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.liguriaguide.com

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Rhys Ovenden (5 months ago)
It is used as an art gallery and probably would have been better as a historic castle. The top was amazing
Marius David (6 months ago)
Nice view one of the best village around.Amazing
Katerina Chaukina (2 years ago)
Stunning views from the top galleries. Entrance is €5, there are QR codes for the Italian and English audio guide in every room (take your headphones with you). The only small disappointment was that there was no exhibition and all glass-boxes for the exhibits were empty.
Dhruv Shanker (2 years ago)
Worth the hike to the top. This is a small castle that only takes about 30 min to explore. They're still putting in exhibits so there's not much to see other than the ancient structure itself. The views from the top are beautiful, and the cafe at the entrance is a nice place to get a drink after you're done.
Mohammad Al-Sakran (3 years ago)
Very nice place …
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