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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  • I live a few kilometers from the Castle and this is not the first time I go to visit, guided tours with explanations very exhaustive makes it even more interesting, the kids really like especially in narrow passages.
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  • Is undoubtedly one of the best preserved historical sites of the Lazio region Sermoneta Castle, the 13th-century fortress, surrounded by the homonymous and quaint village that bears his name. The birth of this stronghold, perfectly maintained over time, dates back to the work of the Annibaldi, the baronial family to which the Holy See gave the town of Sermoneta, Bassiano, San Donato and other territories annexed. The stronghold is characterized by a male of 42 metres, which is flanked by a counter Tower, built later, to support the original one. You enter the castle through two drawbridges, which insert in the inner courtyard of the fortress, where you can visit the "Casa del Cardinale", stables, kitchens and rooms where resided the Barony, complete with a bunk bed at the time. Under the Borgias, the castle became a military fortress, fortified the walls, destroyed the top floor of the male and razed the Church of San Pietro in court, with no respect for the remains of the Caetani buried therein since 1400. The castle became impenetrable that in 1536, the same Charles V with 1000 horses and 4000 infantry could not prevail against it. Only after the death of Alexander VI and Julius II in 1504 reconfirmed the Caetani of Sermoneta Gentlemen. In the seventeenth century Sermoneta no longer had the strategic importance of the past, so i Caetani moved elsewhere: began the slow abandoning of the Castle. The castle can be visited all year round and is open every day except Thursday. From October to March the visits are from 14 to 16 while from April to October the first visit is at 15 and the last at 18. The ticket price of assigned revenue guidance of €8 per person.
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  • Great Castle, definitely recommended to those who decide fi go Sermoneta. Students should verify hours of operation because it can be visited only with a guide.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Only opened for school's students
  • Free admission, great interior room, although nothing remains, but they did a good renovation with iron wood floor. The panoramic view is breathtaking. A place that would definitely suitable for exhibitions. The garden around it is very cute. Excellent example of how we can restructure nowadays with taste even in the least. In the square in front, even if very well structured, there are two places where you can eat something
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