Pizzo Calabro (VV)

Ithe Pizzo Calabro Murat Castle was built in 1492 by order of Ferdinand I of Aragon King of Spain, and in that year married Isabella of Castile by unifying under the entire Iberian Peninsula. It is an imposing structure particularly thick walls in perfect condition, apart from numerous works of restoration and the Fortress has been meeting: apart from the Casemates and the parapets of the upper floor, the rest of the building remained intact over time, a clear sign of a particularly accurate job.

The massive tower with a circular base to which the aragonese Castle was annexed even was built a hundred years earlier under the Angevins. Originally equipped with a defensive moat and its drawbridge, the castle was built essentially as a coastal fortress to protect the citizenship of Turkish pirates, the real bogeyman of the 16th century: its location overlooking the sea, today particularly fascinating to take photographs or make simple walks at dusk, was actually the ideal immediate warning and counterattack to the enemy coasts joints. It was later used as a prison, where they were locked up famous people such as the philosopher Tommaso Campanella, the Alchemist count Cagliostro Balsamo, the philosopher Pasquale Galluppi and Ricciotti Garibaldi, Giuseppe and Anita's son.

The most famous prisoner in the castle of Pizzo is Joachim Murat, King of Naples and Napoleon's brother-in-law, who arrived on these shores with a handful of men to lead a revolution against the Bourbons but there was. Come to the Lace, October 8, 1815 was immediately taken prisoner and, after 5 days, shot. The castle can be visited until 19.00 and in summer until late at night, are reproduced with Dummies, uniforms and vintage objects highlights of his imprisonment.