Castello Caetani, Sermoneta

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Thirteenth-century Castello Caetani was built as both a military fortress and a noble residence: here, you can glimpse the private and public life of medieval Lazio. Despite the fortress's large, 3 m (10 ft) thick exterior walls, Napoleon's army plundered it in the late 18th century, carrying away its valuables and furniture and turning the castle into a prison. Most restoration work was carried out nearly 100 years later. Visiting hours can be somewhat inconsistent, so it is best to check online or call first if you plan to visit. A visit to Castello Caetani represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Sermoneta vacation planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • splendid Castle, kept in good condition although there would still be a lot of work to do. It's worth it
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  • Very nice to visit and optimally managed. Guided tours at fixed times, find out timetables to avoid waiting.
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  • Great thrill for this castle that cannot fail to engage. Well organized, with the guide that walks you through a crack in the history of the Borgias and the Caetani.
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  • Best castle ever. Call for for tour days in off season.
  • Sermoneta is a large hilltop town south of Rome, with the imposing Castello Caetani rising above the city.  It's like travelling back in time: Sermoneta is one of the best preserved medieval towns that Lazio has to offer.  It's easy to get pleasantly lost.  Picturesque streets lead to welcoming alleys packed with character, blooming flowers from Spring into Summer, and a slight buzz of the locals bustling through their day in this beautiful city. There are numerous locations to visit, including the castle, multiple churches and cathedrals, and a lovely garden overlook, which is also perfect for families as it has a playground, the perfect place to spend the afternoon or watch the sunset from.   Castello Caetani looks over the famous Garden of Ninfa, and features an Italian-language tour if you're so inclined.  It's history is full of drama, and worth leafing through the English pamphlet.  It's a blast from the past: preserved furniture, ironwork, and many transitional architecture interests, perfect for your history buff. The cathedrals are another wonder.  The Abbazia di Valvisciolo welcomes you with unspoiled cloisters, an absolute joy in the Spring, with vast amounts of flowers twisting around the architecture.  Alternatively, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta is a charming beauty compared to the often overwhelming cathedrals of Rome.  It's an unassuming church ignoring the large, slightly leaning tower, seen from almost anywhere in the city.
  • Fantastic little town for an adventure
  • The Castle was nice. Don't expect a typical movie castle especially inside is pretty empty, but for the price is worth a shot! Ah be careful as every castle there's scary ghost :)
  • Nice place with good views.
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