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Awesome historic castle in beautiful town

This is a beautiful castle with impressive views and is definitely worth a visit. The staff are... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2021
EricaH576
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Margherita di Savoia, Italy
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Most suggestive Time tou can spend in south italy

+101% relax. Skyline everywhere, only wonderful people, in the castle you have everyting tou need... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2020
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Rocca Imperiale, Italy
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Reviewed 21 February 2015

First things first. This is the dead heart of Calabria and as much abounds with myths, legends and superstitions. It is alleged that Alaric, the Visigoth king was buried here with his treasure. The river was diverted, according to legend, he was buried and the river was returned to its natural course. 'Show me', is my response..... and where is my metal detector when i really need it?

Philosophical pursuit is the hallmark of every advanced region, and this place, was and is, fervently dedicated to learning. To acquire the moniker of "The Athens of Calabria" is not an idle boast. Not even the Spanish, who left an indelible mark on the city were able to infuse a taste for the sensual curvature of shapes, rather than the plain and austere facades, minimally decorated so as not to overpower the sacred and dignified characters residing within these churches and palazzos.

Over the next centuries, austerity was restored getting an injection in its creative juices from Casanova who declared that "the town had enough of the superfluous to render life tolerable. Craftsmanship in the form of tailors' guild and fine leather work brought praise from Prague, in fact, the entire cycle of silk production was formed here.

The old city now became the periphery with the living city now beyond the river. We tested this theory by hopping over to the Swabian Castle for a looksie at the best preserved castle in Calabria. Other monuments worth visiting are the 12th century Romanesque duomo, the 13th century church of San Fransesco d'Assisi and the town's beautiful palazzos. Nature lovers will gravitate to the Sila Mountains for their lakes and enchanted, centuries-old forests.

This is the largest park in Europe and should not be missed.

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed 21 September 2014

The castle at the very top of the hill on which sits the small town of Rocca Imperiale is one of the most well preserved and beautiful medieval castles I have ever seen. We had no expectations, and visited the town just because we were staying nearby, so the castle was a surprising treat. There is very little information available to support your tour if you go around under your own steam, as we did, but this is potentially a blessing in disguise as it gets your nose out of a guidebook and makes you experience the atmosphere and architecture of the place. It was easy to imagine the courtiers and knights of old in this substantial building, now beautifully weathered and crumbling, though with some rooms still intact and restored. The views over the peaceful agricultural country of Calabria are wonderful. Thoroughly recommended. And the walk through the maze-y town is a treat too...

Date of experience: September 2014
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

This castle is open for unguided tours and you can also reserve to have a guided tour (not known if in English). We did the unguided tour. There isn't anything in the castle to explain what you are seeing but most of it is obvious. They have done an interesting restoration with glass walkways where some of the floors would have been. Not all of the areas are accessible. The castle have been modified greatly over the past 800 years.

There are great views of towards the sea and the surrounding hills from the castle. There is a small entry fee but we felt it was worthwhile.

Be aware that the castle is on top of the town and you will have to walk up to it. There is a marked walk from the parking but it is a steep town with few steps. You will be rewarded when you get to the castle.

Date of experience: November 2013
2  Thank BrunoAP
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Date of experience: April 2022
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