Calitri rises 530 metres above sea level. The present ruins of a medieval Palace, Palazzo Gesualdo, that was built on the remains of an earlier Castle (approximately built in the 12th century), dominate the hilltop as the owners, the powerful Gesualdo family, once did. The Castle was abandoned during the Swabian domination and quickly fell into disrepair. However, the castle was extensively restored in 1239. Over the succeeding centuries, the fief passed from one duchy to another, in 1498 the owner of this Castle was Troiano Caracciolo, in 1517 it passed to Fabrizio Gesualdo, who was succeeded by his son, Luigi IV. The Castle underwent many changes, renovations and even rebuilding during the period in which it was occupied by the Gesualdo family, transforming it from a powerful fortress into a magnificent aristocratic residence. In 1693 ownership of the Castle passed to Francesco Mirelli, who died under the rubble, during the earthquake of 1694. According to local sources, the Castle had 300 rooms with beautiful bastions, four towers on the corners and two drawbridges.
VISITING IRPINIA CASTLES by Tina Rigione The first guidebook in English, interactive and multimedia, which takes you between the Castelli d'Irpinia, and not only, with a click or a tap: archaeological sites, city walls, towers, medieval villages, palaces and religious monuments, hundreds of original photos collected in photo galleries and video spots, interactive maps, 90 verification and learning tests for children and teenagers and adults, terminology glossary and references to historical figures, main typical products, important cultural events; direct links to the e-mail box to request information on availability and on tourist routes and / or to visit the historical sites; direct links to the website to access the pages in Italian, English, German and Japanese, direct links to social media Facebook, Twitter, Blogger; Back Stage and notes from the author. Apple ID: 1471103747 - ISBN: 9788888332284
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