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Castello Svevo

Castello Svevo Review

Crowning the Pancrazio hill above the old city, with views across to the Sila mountains, Castello Svevo is largely in ruins, having suffered successive earthquakes and a lightning strike that ignited gunpowder stored within. The castle takes its name from the great Swabian emperor Frederick II (1194–1250), who added two octagonal towers, though it dates originally to the Normans, who fortified the hill against their Saracen foes. Occasional exhibitions and concerts are staged here in summer, and any time of year it's fun to check out the old ramparts and take in the views of the old and new cities—a shocking study in contrast. It's currently undergoing extensive restoration.

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  • Address: Colle Pancrazio, Cosenza, 87100 | Map It
  • Phone: No phone
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 8–8
  • Location: Cosenza
Updated: 02-15-2013

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