This castle is recognised as being unique, which is why it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Possibly unique for two reasons.
Firstly, it is a castle with no military purpose. Certainly, it has thick, imposing walls, but lacking the usual defensive structures. No moat or draw bridge and with a main entrance resembling that of a temple or triumphal arch than anything remotely defensive. This is matched by large, graceful, arched windows, so overall, not ideal to withstand any attack.
Secondly, it is laid out as an octagon with mathematical precision, on two floors. The interior befitted that of a palace and was used as a 'hunting lodge ', by Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor.
Built on a rocky peak, the castle dominates the surrounding countryside, which means that the views are exceptional, stretching, as far as the eye can see.
If you enjoy history or photography this venue is for you.
The nearby, excellent, Taverna Sforza is conveniently placed for taking on refreshment.
Worth the visit? Most definitely.
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