10 Castles in Italy You Must Visit For A Historical Day Tour!

Italy Castles

  1. Sforzesco Castle
  2. Buonconsiglio Castle Museum
  3. La Scarzuola
  4. Castello Del Valentino
  5. Miramare Castle
  6. Este Castle
  7. Castillo De Moncalierif
  8. Castello Aragonese D'Ischia
  9. Castel Sant’Angelo
  10. Ovo Castle

Visiting some of the enchanting Castles in Italy can be the most entertaining part of your vacation in the country. It is famous for its long history and these medieval castles will give you a glimpse of ancient times. You will be able to visit castles that have been a part of the country for as long as almost two thousand years. The castles will also enthrall you with their architectural magnificence and make you feel spellbound with their grandeur. Most of them are also surrounded by beautiful gardens where it can be a pleasure to take a walk.

Explore these historical treasures as part of your meticulously planned Europe travel packages, ensuring a journey through the captivating history and architecture of Italy. Some of the castles are also situated in spectacular locations, which has further enhanced their attractions. Castles such as Miramare Castle, and Ovo Castle are located at the seaside, providing a spectacular view to those who visit them. There are others such as the Castel Sant’Angelo, Castello Aragonese d'Ischia and others, who are situated atop a hill and will offer a stunning view of the surrounding areas

Here is the list of best castles in Italy:

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Sforzesco Castle

Listed among the beautiful Castles in Italy is the 15th-century Sforzesco Castle which has been nicknamed Sforza Castle. Located in the center of Milan next to Sempione Park, Sforzesco Castle houses 9 museums inside it.

Make a trip to this Renaissance castle and walk inside to visit the 9 dedicated museum areas such as applied arts, Egyptian antiques, musical instruments, ancient art, and others. Do not miss out on the two highlights of the museums which are Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Trivulzianus manuscript and Michelangelo’s last sculpture.

Location: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Timings: 7 am to 7:30 pm

02

Buonconsiglio Castle Museum

Buonconsiglio Castle Museum is known to be one of the most intriguing Castles in Italy and is located in northern Italy in the mountainous region of Trento. Stroll into the 700-year-old castle and feel amazed looking at the different architectural styles, each differing from the other, visible in different parts of the castle. Delight in discovering the captivating frescos, enchanting castle fortifications, and others while touring the awe-inspiring castle.

Location: Via Bernardo Clesio, 5, 38122 Trento TN, Italy

Timings: 9:30 am to 6 pm; Sunday Closed

03

La Scarzuola

La Scarzuola, the "Ideal City" of Tomaso Buzzi, is situated in the town of Montegabbione, hidden amongst the green Umbrian hills. The surreal construction by a well-known architect from Milan represents his dream vision which he represented through esoteric symbols.

Explore the magical location which has been steeped with culture and history and has been harmoniously combined with spirituality, esotericism and astrology. Observe the various attraction of the place such as the Mantua Clock Tower, the Temple of Vesta, the Tower of the Winds, and other buildings located in the Acropolis.

Location: 05010 Montegabbione, Province of Terni, Italy

04

Castello Del Valentino

Castello del Valentino is one of the most beautiful Castles in Italy and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Initially a river residence, the building was transformed into a French model castle with two towers facing the river. Currently the university seat of the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Turin, the castle will enchant you with its seventeenth-century frescoes, columns in breccia marble on the main floor and the chapel on the ground floor. Stroll into the surrounding park, the oldest park in Turin.

Location:  Viale Mattioli, 39, 10125 Torino TO, Italy

Timings: Saturdays: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m

05

Miramare Castle

Miramare is one of the best Castles in Italy where you can enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. The castle is fairly new, being constructed in the 19th century by an Austrian archduke Maximilian as a love nest for his wife Charlotte of Belgium.

Visit the enchanting white castle that overlooks the sea and feel spellbound looking at the view of the small bay. Talk about a walk in the huge park surrounding the castle, where rare and exotic trees, a personal collection of the Archduke, can be observed.

Location: V.le Miramare, 34151 Trieste TS, Italy

Timings: 9 am to 7 pm

06

Este Castle

Feel excited as you embark on a trip to visit Este Castle, one of the moated medieval Castles in Italy, located in the city of Ferrara in northern Italy. Castello Estense or Estense Castle is a 14th century castle with four imposing towers. Feel awe-struck as you take a look at the four towers, namely - Torre dei Leoni, Torre Marchesana, Torre di Santa Caterina, and Torre di San Paolo.

Climb up the Torre dei Leoni, to enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding city. Check out other castle highlights such as the Salone dei Giochi (Games Salon), Sala dei Giganti (Giants' Room), the claustrophobic dungeon and the Cappella di Renée de France.

Location: L.go Castello, 1, 44121 Ferrara FE, Italy

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday Closed

07

Castillo De Moncalierif

Located a short distance away from Torino is the Castle of Moncalieri, one of the oldest of the Savoy residences. Built as a fortress in the medieval period to provide defense, the place was later converted to serve as the royal residence.

Explore the castle to learn more about the royal family and take a look at the reminders of the family in the royal apartments. Walk into the huge park that stretches over the hill and enjoy a view of the surrounding areas from atop the hill.

Location: Piazza Baden Baden, 4, 10024 Moncalieri TO, Italy

Timings: Fri to Sun: 10 am to 5 pm

08

Castello Aragonese D'Ischia

Aragonese Castle, one of the Castles in Italy,  overlooks the Gulf of Naples from atop a volcanic rocky islet that is linked to Ischia Island. Pay a visit to this ancient castle to know about its tumultuous history that dates back to 474 BC. Wander into the place to take a look at the frescoes on the walls of crypts and churches.

Explore the torture museum and look into other attractions such as the abbey, and former nunnery. Take a stroll into the beautiful garden before taking a lift to reach the top. There is a restaurant on the top of the castle where you can enjoy drinks and food while admiring the spectacular view of the bay.

Location: Castello Aragonese, 80077 Ischia NA, Italy

Timings: 9 am to 4:30 pm

09

Castel Sant’Angelo

Known to be the oldest castle in Italy, Castel Sant’Angelo, was known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian and was initially built in 123 AD as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family. Currently, a museum, the castle, located on the bank of River Tiber, will captivate you with its fascinating history.

Explore its five floors to take a look at its rich historical grandeur and enthralling architecture. Go to the top of the castle to enjoy a spectacular view of the city of Rome along with the nearby Vatican.

Location: Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Timings: 9 am to 7:30 pm

10

Ovo Castle

One of the enchanting Castles in Italy that has been built on the ruins of a roman fortress is  Castel dell’Ovo (Egg Castle). Also known as Ovo Castle, the castle is the oldest standing fortification in Naples, standing in its place from the 12th century.

You can reach the seaside castle through a jetty and go to the top to enjoy the spectacular view of Mount Vesuvius as well as the bay. The castle features a marina and is also the setting for special events and temporary art exhibitions.

Location: Via Eldorado, 3, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy

Timings: 9 am to 6:30 pm; Sunday: 9 am to 2 pm;

People Also Ask About Italy

  1. Which are the most popular castles in Italy?

    • Castel Sant’Angelo: If you wish to take a look at one of the oldest Castles in Italy, then you can visit  Castel Sant’Angelo. The castle currently houses a museum and will captivate you with rich historical grandeur and enthralling architecture. Visit the castle and learn about its fascinating history while wandering through its interior.

    • Este Castle: The moated medieval castle with its four towers will surely enchant you during your visit. Climb to the top of one of the towers to enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding city and landscape. Check out other castle highlights such as the Salone dei Giochi (Games Salon), Sala dei Giganti (Giants' Room), the claustrophobic dungeon and the Cappella di Renée de France.

    • Miramare Castle: Visit Miramare, one of the best Castles in Italy where you can enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. The seaside castle overlooking a small bay is picture perfect and has a fascinating story behind its inception. Talk about a walk in the huge park surrounding the castle, with rare and exotic trees.

    • Castello del Valentino: Castello del Valentino is one of the most beautiful Castles in Italy and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle will enchant you with its seventeenth-century frescoes, columns in breccia marble and more

  2. Are Castles in Italy worth visiting?

    The beautiful Castles in Italy are definitely worth a visit. Most of these castles have been in existence since ancient times, with some even standing from as early as the 2nd century. These castles will enchant you with their spellbinding architecture, grandeur and beautiful gardens. Enhancing the beauty of some of these castles further is their spectacular location on the seaside or hills.
  3. What is the best time to visit Castles in Italy?

    The best time to visit Castles in Italy is during the month of March to May and also the months from September to November. These are the months when the temperatures are comfortable and crowds are less.
  4. What is the oldest castle in Italy?

    Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome is known to be the oldest Castles in Italy. The castle was known to be in existence since the 2nd century (123 AD) and has been a part of the city for almost two thousand years.
  5. Which is the Biggest castle in Italy?

    The 15th century Sforzesco Castle which has been nicknamed Sforza Castle is known to be the largest Castles in Italy. It has also gained a reputation for being one of the largest medieval citadels in Europe and has 9 museums housed inside it.
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