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Fortress of Castrocaro

Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole - Via Fortezza, 2

Fortress of Castrocaro

ENTRANCE

Entry price: € 5.00
Reduced 4 € over 65 years and up to 14 years. Free under 10 accompanied by adults

HOURS

Always open
1 to 2 Jan, 27 Feb 10-13 and 15-19. Mar to May: Saturday 15-19. Holidays 10-13 and 15-19. June to Sept: Saturday 16-20. Holidays 10-13 and 16-20. Oct to Dec: Saturday 15-19. Holidays 10-13 and 15-19. In other days in the evenings by reservation for gro

Contacts

Telephone: +39 0543 769541
FAX: +39 0543 769541
www.proloco-castrocaro.it

 

The colours and materials used for the extensions carried out in the Middle Ages and Renaissance have perfectly merged into the crag on which the fortress is built. As a matter of fact, the fortress is perfectly integrated into the territory, creating a balance between war requirements and local morphology.
It is formed by three separate defensive buildings: the so-called Girone, the Fortress and the Medicean Arsenals.
The Girone is the most ancient part of the Fortress. It has an imposing 32 m high pentagonal keep dating back to before 1000, when this area marked the military and political boundaries between the Longobard and Byzantine empires. The Girone also includes the Guardhouse, the Southern, Northern and Eastern Curtains and the Upper Courtyard with the so-called ""razor well"".
The Fortress is the result of the enlargement of the Girone carried out in the 11th and 12th centuries and it includes the Entrance gates (the first one of which is equipped with a drawbridge), the Parapet walk, the Guardhouse, the Small Courtyard (connected to three troglodytic caves, a well-tank, two underground rooms, a fridigidarium and a big vinegar room), the Big Courtyard (with a beautiful seventeenth-century olive tree and the Church of Santa Barbara), the Northern and Eastern Curtains, the Castellan's Palace and the Dungeon Tower with a panoramic Balcony and Torture Room.
The Medicean Arsenals were created to adjust the fortified structures to increasingly powerful artillery through innovative solutions that represented a complete novelty within the fortified architecture of the Renaissance. Their imposing terracotta walls contain three large areas, one uncovered and two covered with big barrel vaults.
After having been abandoned for more than four centuries, the Fortress was restored and  today it is managed by the Pro Loco of Castrocaro, thanks to which the Castellan's Palace, the Weapons Courtyard, the Small and Big Courtyards, the Church of S. Barbara, the Prison Tower, the Bombard Glacis and the Troglodytic caves can now be visited. The Castellan's Palace houses the Permanent Historical Exhibition 'L'AQUILA LE CHIAVI IL GIGLIO' (the eagle, the keys and the lily), which tells the story of the centuries-old Fortress of Castrocaro through an exhibition of weapons, majolica objects, paintings, furniture and furnishings. The rooms of the fortress are also used by the Pro Loco of Castrocaro as venue for many cultural activities and events, including guided tours and routes to discover the great charm of this centuries-old Fortress.

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Fonte: redazione locale Forlì-Cesena

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