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Castello Orsini, Soriano nel Cimino

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  • I am not sure whether it changes later in the season, or if Italian holidays make a difference, but the Castle Orsini in Soriano nel Cimino opens only at weekends. There is a morning opening then it c...  more »
  • On top of a hill the fort and castle sit side by side. The town plaza is surround by small bars and restaurants. This town is home to the hazel nut festival in late September. From various points you ...  more »
  • Impressive castle, high atop Soriano nel Cimino. Unfortunately, it's only open on weekends, but do try to make time for it. Great views of the surrounding countryside. Former Papal residence. Unexpect...  more »
  • Castello Orsini is a hidden gem that I cannot recommend enough! It overlooks the town of Soriano nel Cimino and has only been open to the public since 2013. The history is fascinating, and they're only now uncovering most of it. The castle itself was built in the 1300's (if I recall correctly) and changed hands a number of times, being held by the Orsini family and by forces from Brittany at separate times, and finally functioning as a prison/rehab facility until 1989. The resulting differences in architecture are fascinating. There are a number of exhibits in the castle, including a few that detail typical life in the region during different eras. When we went in March 2017, there was also a fantastic exhibit on the history of recorded music and had at least 50 examples of gramophone, etc, from around the world that a staff member demonstrates for you. As an added bonus, you can book a tour of the castle grounds, or explore on your own, both of which I highly recommend. For English-speaking tourists, most of the signs are in Italian, although there is a wonderful English-speaking tour guide who can tell you fascinating stories about the history of the castle. He's on the team of people trying to restore it and can tell you about restoration efforts as well as which parts of the castle date back to which era. The castle is only open on Saturdays and Sundays currently, but the admission is cheap (about 6 euro I think) and the views are gorgeous. I highly recommend visiting!
  • Very interesting and lovely and beautiful views and to learn about the history of the village.
  • Great guide ushered us into the Palace tour by letting us discover various historical moments of this place. Permanent exhibition on the rural culture and beautiful gramofoni and other music instruments from 800
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  • More impressive from the outside than from within. Worth a visit, especially if in the evening and with a beautiful initiative within it.
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  • Perhaps in celebration of chestnuts here interesting. But the rest of the time is a small castle with Tower (Tower location), a small local history museum and muzejchikom gramofonov and televisions. If you're stuck in Soriano and you nothing to do, you can go, but Euro 5-6 not worth it.
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