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  Trina and Imi in the eastern bastion of the castle
by timtrina

Built in around the 1200's (apparently there is no actual historical date available - it's said to be debatable), this huge castle sits atop the hill, next to the church of San Pietro, and the church of San Lorenzo.

The admission fee is unbelievably cheap - 2,10 Euros for adults and ,50 Euros for children.

You can walk throughout the castle grounds at your leisure, and the day we visited, there was not another soul in sight.

Imogen danced for us on the outside "stage" area, and we sat on the very old steps as her audience. It is such an unbelievably serene place to visit - you feel like you've been taken back in time.

The grounds are also quite large, and it's nice to have a wander through these too. There's a little old church to the right hand side, which although is used by the locals regularly, is well worth the visit.

If you're game enough, take the challenge to walk up along the roof of the castle - there are no hand rails though, so families with little children should definately carry them or keep a close eye on them at all times.

It's incredibly high though - be warned - especially for those of you who are afraid of heights as I am.

There's a travellogue of this Castle with heaps more great photos - please be sure to have a look!

I have also included the official website for the Castle below, which has a great deal of extra information and opening times, etc.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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