Montoro Castles

(since 2014 united cities of Montoro Superiore and Montoro Inferiore after popular referendum)

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HISTORICAL NOTES | TOURIST INFORMATION

Historical Notes

Lombard Castle in Montoro Inferiore

The ruins of the Castle in Montoro Inferiore, built during the Lombard domination, are situated on a hilltop.

The first documented mention of the fortress dates back to 1022.

In Norman times, Montoro passed to Guglielmo Sanseverino who sent thirty of his soldiers to the Holy Land.

The Castle was besieged by Queen Giovanna d'Angiò during the war between the Aragonese and the Angevin kingdoms, but her troops led by Giacomo Piccinino couldn't conquer it.

With the introduction of gunpowder, Castles proved to be useless. Even the mightiest of Castles was no match against a cannon so in the course of the 15th century Montoro Castle was permanently abandoned.

The Castle in Montoro was certainly an imposing building, nevertheless, only its ruins, a quadrangular turret, a tower that is not higher than six metres, a 15 metres high tower, parts of the outer walls and the cylindrical Donjon have survived to the present day.

Norman Castle in Montoro Superiore

Montoro Superiore had also a Castle that was built during the Norman conquest.

Much of the history of the castle's construction is vague or confusing. Sadly, what has survived are parts of the outer ward's curtain.

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Tourist Information

 

Accommodation

 

Hotel Tre Castelli - via Nuova 35 Località Banzano - +39.0825.597017 - Montoro Superiore

Hotel Arco di Magliano - Contrada Magliana 1 - +39.0825.523515 - Montoro Superiore

Hotel La Foresta - Via Turci 14 - +39.0825.521005 - Montoro Inferiore

 

Places to go

 

Avellino

The Sanctuary of "Maria SS di Montevergine", Mercogliano

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