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Best Castles to visit in Abruzzo, Italy

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Several historic castles of Abruzzo were strongholds or fortifications on mountaintops to guard the valleys, particularly those of the Sangro and Pescara rivers. Invasion by the Lombards and Normans (in the sixth and eleventh centuries, respectively) followed the fall of the Western Roman Empire, and the area was subsequently ruled by several regional counts and potentates. To maintain control over the area, the Lombards mainly constructed watchtowers and small fortified garrisons, which were typically very small.

King Alfonso I of Aragon repopulated numerous abandoned castles in the area in 1442 during his reign. The Abruzzi coastline was frequently looted by the Ottomans between 1510 and 1566. To counter this threat, Emperor Charles V built a defensive system of coastal towers in the Kingdom of Naples, designating Pescara as the bastion of the Giustizierato d’Abruzzo, Justitiaratus Aprutii apud Sulmonam, an administrative district of the Kingdom of Sicily established in 1233 by Frederick II.

This is a list of castles in Abruzzo, arranged by province.

Province of L’Aquila

Castello normanno, Anversa degli Abruzzi

Norman-Castle-(Anversa-degli-Abruzzi)
Castello Normanno, Anversa degli Abruzzi

Castello Orsini-Colonna, Avezzano

Orsini-Colonna-Castle,-Avezzano-2
Castello Orsini-Colonna, Avezzano

Castello Piccolomini, Balsorano

Piccolomini-Castle-of-Balsorano
Piccolomini Castle of Balsorano

Castle of Barisciano

Castle of Barisciano
Castle of Barisciano

Castello di Barrea

Castle-of-Barrea
Castle of Barrea

Castle of Bominaco

Castle of Bominaco
Castle of Bominaco


Castello di Bugnara

Castle-of-Bugnara
Castle of Bugnara


Rocca Calascio, Calascio

Castle of Rocca Calascio
Castle of Rocca Calascio

Castello Piccolomini, Capestrano

Castello-Piccolomini,-Capestrano
Castello-Piccolomini, Capestrano


Castello di Carsoli

Castle of Carsoli
Castle of Carsoli

Castello del Re, Castel di Sangro

Castello del Re, Castel di Sangro
Castello del Re, Castel di Sangro

Castello Piccolomini, Celano

Piccolomini Castle, Celano
Piccolomini Castle, Celano


Castle of Fossa

castle-of-fossa
Castle of Fossa

Castello di Gagliano Aterno

castle of Gagliano Aterno
Castle of Gagliano Aterno

Forte Spagnolo, L’Aquila

Forte-spagnolo-l-aquila
Forte Spagnolo, l’Aquila


Castello Orsini, Massa d’Albe

Castello Orsini, Massa d'Albe
Castello Orsini, Massa d’Albe


Palazzo Santucci, Navelli

Palazzo Santucci, Navelli
Palazzo Santucci, Navelli


Castle of Ocre

Castle of Ocre
Castle of Ocre

Castello di Oricola

castle-of-oricola
castle-of-oricola

Castello di Ortona dei Marsi

Castle-of-Ortona-dei-Marsi3
Castle of Ortona dei Marsi


Castello Piccolomini, Ortucchio

Piccolomini Castle, Ortucchio
Piccolomini Castle, Ortucchio

Castello Caldora, Pacentro

Cantelmo-Caldora Castle
Castello Caldora

Castello di Pereto

Castle of Pereto
Castle of Pereto

Castel Camponeschi, Prata d’Ansidonia

Castel Camponeschi
Castel Camponeschi

Castello De Sanctis, Roccacasale

Castello De Sanctis, Roccacasale
Castello De Sanctis, Roccacasale

Castle of San Pio delle Camere

Castle of San Pio delle Camere
Castle of San Pio delle Camere

Castle of Sant’Eusanio Forconese

Castle of Sant'Eusanio Forconese
Castle of Sant’Eusanio Forconese

Rocca Orsini, Scurcola Marsicana

Rocca Orsini, Scurcola Marsicana
Rocca Orsini, Scurcola Marsicana

Rocca di Villalago

Rocca di Villalago
Rocca di Villalago

Province of Chieti

Palazzo baronale, Archi

Palazzo baronale, Archi
Palazzo baronale, Archi

Castle of Carpineto Sinello

Ducal-Castle-of-Carpineto-Sinello
Ducal-Castle-of-Carpineto-Sinello

Castello Masciantonio, Casoli

Castello Masciantonio, Casoli
Castello Masciantonio, Casoli


Castelfraiano, Castiglione Messer Marino

Castelfraiano, Castiglione Messer Marino
Castelfraiano, Castiglione Messer Marino

Castello Caldora, Civitaluparella

Caldora castle civitaluparella
Caldora castle civitaluparella

Castello Baglioni, Civitella Messer Raimondo

Baglioni Castle or palace of the Counts Baglioni is a fortified palace in Civitella Messer Raimondo, Chieti, Abruzzo.
Baglioni Castle or palace of the Counts Baglioni is a fortified palace in Civitella Messer Raimondo, Chieti, Abruzzo.

Castello ducale di Crecchio

Castello-ducale-di-Crecchio-2
Castello ducale di Crecchio

Castello di Gamberale

Castello-di-Gamberale
Castello di Gamberale

Castello Franceschelli, Montazzoli

Castello Franceschelli
Castello Franceschelli

Castello di Monteodorisio

Castello di Monteodorisio
Castello di Monteodorisio

Castello Aragonese, Ortona

Castle-of-Ortona-dei-Marsi3
Castle of Ortona

Castello marchesale, Palmoli

Castello marchesale, Palmoli
Castello marchesale, Palmoli

Castello di Roccascalegna

Castello di Roccascalegna
Castello di Roccascalegna

Castello Caldoresco, Vasto

Castello-Caldoresco-Vasto
Castello Caldoresco Vasto

Province of Pescara

Castello di Musellaro, Bolognano

Castello-di-Musellaro,-Bolognano
Castello di Musellaro, Bolognano

Castello Mediceo, Bussi sul Tirino

Castello Mediceo, Bussi sul Tirino
Castello Mediceo, Bussi sul Tirino

Castello Chiola-Caracciolo, Loreto Aprutino

Castello-Chiola-Caracciolo-Loreto-Aprutino
Castello Chiola-Caracciolo, Loreto Aprutino

Castello De Sterlich-Aliprandi, Nocciano

Castello De Sterlich-Aliprandi, Nocciano
Castello De Sterlich-Aliprandi, Nocciano

Castello ducale, Pescosansonesco

Castello ducale, Pescosansonesco
Castello ducale, Pescosansonesco

Castello ducale Cantelmo, Popoli

Newly-restored-Castello-ducale-Cantelmo-as-seen-from-the-Autostrada-to-Pescara
Castello ducale Cantelmo, Popoli

Palazzo De Felice, Rosciano

Rosciano
Palazzo De Felice, Rosciano

Castello di Salle

Castello Genova di Salle
Castello Genova di Salle

Castello Farnese, San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore

Castello Farnese, San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore
Castello Farnese, San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore

Castel Menardo, Serramonacesca

Castel Menardo, Serramonacesca
Castel Menardo, Serramonacesca

Castello Caracciolo, Tocco da Casauria

Castello Caracciolo, Tocco da Casauria
Castello Caracciolo, Tocco da Casauria

Castello Gizzi, Torre de’ Passeri

Castello Gizzi, Torre de' Passeri
Castello Gizzi, Torre de’ Passeri

Province of Teramo

Palazzo De Sterlich, Cermignano

Palazzo De Sterlich, Cermignano
Palazzo De Sterlich, Cermignano

Fortezza di Civitella del Tronto

Fortezza di Civitella del Tronto
Fortezza di Civitella del Tronto

Castel Manfrino, Valle Castellana

Castel Manfrino, Valle Castellana

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Castle of Charles V, Monopoli

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