Best Castles in Italy
You thought the most beautiful castles in Europe were in Germany, Austria or maybe France? In our opinion the castles of Italy have nothing to envy other castles of Europe. They have hosted the world famous film sets, sheltered the worst conspiracies.
The Italian castles are among the most beautiful castles in Europe. What is your favorite castle? Make your choice and book your flights, your hotel and your tours and activities in Italy and discover the most beautiful castles and the most beautiful fortresses of Italy.
Ischia Island - Campania
Located on the island of Ischia, 1h50 by car from Naples airport, the Aragonese castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Italy. This medieval castle is perched on a volcanic rock. It was built in the 5th century and served as a backdrop for a famous movie "The Talented Mr Ripley" with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law.
Book your flights to Naples and your hotel at the best price guaranteed in Naples or on the island of Ischia and your tours and activities in Ischia Island, such as a "Snorkeling tour in Ischia Island".
How to get there: To reach the island of Ischia, the easiest way is to book your flights for Naples and to take the ferry from the Port of Naples. There are many crossings a day (1 hour ferry ride). You can reach the port from the airport by taking the bus (for schedules type "Alibus Napoli" in Google).
Opening hours: The castle is open to the public every day of the week from 9h to 20h.
Where to stay: One of the best hotels on the island is the "Hotel San Giorgio Terme" with a wellness center and access to a private beach.
The Scaliger Castle of Malcesine
Malcesine - Venetia
This magnificent castle borders Lake Garda. Just like the castle of Sirmione it is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Italy. Just 2 hours’ drive from Milan airport and 2 hours from Verona airport (4 hours by train), enjoy a dream holiday in a popular destination for celebrities.
From the castle tower you will enjoy a 360 degree view of Lake Garda. Having belonged to different royal families, the castle became a national monument and was opened to the public.
How to get there: Book your flights to Milan or Verona as well as your hotel at the best price and your tours and activities in Malcesine, such as a "Lake Garda Tour by bus and public boat with guide".
Opening hours: It is open every day from 9.30am to 7pm.
Where to stay: One of the travellers’favorite hotels is the "Hotel Querceto Wellness & Spa". In addition to magnificent views of the lake, you can relax with a sauna, a Swedish shower, a swimming pool and much more.
Rocca Scaligera Castle
Sirmione - Lombardia
This incredible castle is located in Sirmione, one of the most beautiful towns that border Lake Garda. This medieval castle of the 12th century is one of the landmarks of the city of Sirmione. It is located just 1 hour drive from Milan-Bergamo airport (2 hours by train). Take a walk in the dungeons of this castle as well as in its tower and discover the beautiful town of Sirmione.
How to get there: Book your flights to Milan-Bergamo (1 hour drive), your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Lombardia such as a "From Milan: Full-day coach to Verona and Lake Garda".
Opening hours: The castle is open to the public every day of the week except Mondays (from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm)..
Roccheta Matei Castle
Rocchetta Mattei Castle is a castle in the clouds like Sintra Castle in Portugal. This castle has its own style, it is incomparable and seems straight out of a dream. It is fairly recent since it was built in the 19th century by the Count Cesare Mattei.
What makes it unique is the incredible mix of styles. To be honest, this is our favorite castle in Italy. The Conte Mattei was a character as amazing as his castle. Come discover the history of this castle and Conte Mattei by booking your flights to Bologna (40 min by car) as well as your hotel at the best price and your tours and activities in Bologna, such as a "Bologna 3-hour secret food tour".
Please note that the castle is only open on weekends (closed on weekdays).
Livorno - Tuscany
The castle of Boccale is probably the most beautiful Tuscan castle. Just 15 minutes’ drive from Livorno and 30 minutes from Pisa, Boccale Castle was built by the famous Medici family in the 16th century.
The castle then belonged to different families who made important arrangements and modified its style to give it a more medieval character. A few privileged people live today in the castle which has been divided into residential apartments.
Miramare Castle - Trieste
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Trieste is truly one of the most beautiful and amazing cities in Italy. Located at the border with Slovenia and Croatia, Trieste is one of the trendiest destinations in Italy. The castle of Miramare is recent; it was built in 1856 by Archduke Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico. He had fallen in love with this region and decided that it was here that he wanted to live.
This castle is amazing because it mixes various architectural styles: romanesque, renaissance, gothic. It is this combination that makes it so original and so beautiful.
Opening hours: The castle is open to the public from 9h to 18h30.
Where to stay: In a green setting, just 2 km from Miramare Castle, book your room at the best price at "Maximilians Residence" and enjoy a balcony with sea view.
Caccamo - Palermo - Sicily
Caccamo Castle overlooks the pretty village of Caccamo, a 50-minute drive from Palermo. This 12th century castle has been very well renovated and now houses a restaurant and museum that displays a collection of costumes and weapons. Enter the castle to enjoy magnificent views of the village of Caccamo.
Where to stay: To wake up with a view of the Castle of Caccamo, book your room at the "Villetta in Centro Storico", one of our bestsellers in Caccamo.
Turin is one of the most refined cities in Italy and is world famous for its gastronomy and its monuments.
It is quite rare to see new castles appear in Europe, often these are not built by royal families but rather by investors to accommodate tourists. This is the case of this medieval style castle built a few years ago in the "Parco del Valentino". It is not authentic but it undoubtedly is beautiful.
Opening hours: The castle is open every day from 9am to 7pm.
Where to stay: The hotel “NH Torino Santo Stefano” is a popular choice for travellers to Turin
Castelsardo - Sassari - Sardinia
Castle Castelsardo is located in northern Sardinia, 50 minutes from Algiers-Fertilia Airport and only a 30 minutes’ drive from the beautiful city of Sassari. The city of Castelsardo dates from the same period as the castle, in the 12th century. It is a rich family of Genoa, the Doria family, who sponsor the castle. This magnificent castle now houses the Museum of Mediterranean Basketry.
Where to stay: If you want to stay near the castle and enjoy magnificent views of Castelsardo Bay, make a reservation for the best price at the "Bajaloglia Resort", considered "fabulous" by travellers.
Montalto di Castro - Lazio
Vulci is not just an archaeological site. This ancient Etruscan town, located 80 kilometers from Rome, is worth seeing if only for its magnificent castle. In addition to being an amazing archeological site, Vulci is a sublime natural park. If the weather is hot you can dive in the lake.
Opening hours: The castle is open every day from 9h to 17h.
Where to stay: For an exceptional stay in Rome book your room at the best price at the "Aldrovandi Villa Borghese" and be pampered like a star.
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