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Fortezza Museo delle Armi Civitella del Tronto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Fortress of Civitella del Tronto stands at 600 meters above sea level, in a very strategic position, at the old northern boundary between the Kingdom of Naples to the South and the Kingdom of the Holy See to the North. It is one of the largest and most important work of military engineering in Europe, characterized by its elliptical shape with an area of 25.000 square meters and a length of more than 500 meters.
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Definitely worth the visit, it was a lot bigger than what we had imagined. There is an entry charge. The museum there was very interesting and there is a shop where you can buy souvenirs and drinks. There are two mobile staircases that take you part of the way to the Fort but there are steps to go back down. Because of the steps and also lots of walking on pretty uneven roads it is not recommendable for people who have difficulty walking. There is no disabled access.

1  Thank Glenys C
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

A beautiful and large fort. Full of history. Very nice and stunning views all over the Gran Sasso mountains.

1  Thank betsyMeijel
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

The site itself has 2 defects, that the pavements have been as long as I have been going there, in shambles, and currently during renovations there is a long stairway to get there, indications are not given upon arrival to town, so if you are not aware of it, you do wander around before getting there. There is no access for disabled, which is a shame as it merits a visit by everyone. That said, it is extraordinary in every way. An outstanding fortress in itself, it also hosts modern art shows, interesting events and the staff is so very friendly! The town itself is a JEWEL! The view from the fortress is breathtaking.

3  Thank Mary R
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

Walking around the remains of this fortress really gives you a feel for what it would have been like in that period. However there's very little information provided, especially in English, so you have to sort of guess for yourself exactly what rooms were used for.

I believe it's one of the largest fortresses in Europe, so if that's an interest then it's not to be missed. Kids will have great fun exploring the battlements but be aware that there's no shade up at the top and suncream is vital, even on chilly days in spring when you're not expecting to get burned!

The lift and escalator are also often not working so beware that there may be a long climb either up or down and the cobbles aren't ideal if you have any mobility issues.

1  Thank fairy g
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

We came around a corner travelling from Acoli Piceno to Sulmona and saw this amazing village on the hill and at the very top a well preserved fort. The entrance to the fort is hiddent away in one of the buildings near the entrance to the main square. There is a long climb up to the ticket office for the fort - escalator was only going down when we arrived so a long climb up the stairs. Well worth it though. A number of the buildings contain displays on relevant topics and the views from the battlements are outstanding. If you are going past stop and spend a few hours here. As a bonus the village also boasts the narrowest official street in Italy!

1  Thank Peter_Wello
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