Tuscany Sights

Castello (Castle)

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Published 04/24/2016

Fodor's Review

The formidable Castello, near Santa Maria delle Carceri, is an impressive sight. The (Sicilian) Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194–1250) built the seat of his authority in Tuscany in this somewhat unlikely spot. Frederick's castles were designed to echo imperial Rome, and the many columns, lions, and porticoes testify to his ambition. This is the only castle he built outside southern Italy (other examples may be found in f Sicily and Puglia).

Sight Information


Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri, Prato, Tuscany, 59100, Italy



Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Apr.–Oct., Wed.–Mon. 10–1 and 4–8; Nov.–Mar., Wed.–Mon. 10–4.

Published 04/24/2016


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