Rocca di Villalago

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Villalago Rocca is a Middle Ages fortress, probably of Lombard origin, in Villalago, L’Aquila, Abruzzo.

The fortification served as a defensive and lookout and was built in an advantageous location on a hill overlooking the Sagittarius Valley. The Villalago Museum of Folk Arts and Traditions is currently located in the fortress. The building was made up of defensive walls and a Romanesque-style cylindrical watchtower that was around a dozen meters tall and fitted with battlements. The keep is still in good shape.

Rocca di Villalago
Rocca di Villalago (source)

The oldest component of the entire castle is the Lombard tower. It has a pagoda-roofed circular structure and tiny windows for lookout positions. The remains of a second tower, which was turned into a tourist viewpoint area, may still be seen at the base. The ruins of a medieval noble chapel at the tower mirror those of the baronial mansion. There are remnants of frescoes in the oratory of Our Lady of Sorrows, which dates to the 14th century.

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