A castle has towered over Ugento for over a thousand years, protecting the town and its people. As the visionary renovation work has peeled back layer upon layer of history, the roles it has played over the centuries, from Norman fort to elegant Baroque palazzo, have been revealed.
The castle’s turbulent history stretches over a thousand years. Built on Messapian remains, at one time a motte and bailey castle, the circular tower dates back to the Angevins who ruled the region in the 13th century. The castello was destroyed by marauding Turks, restored by a Frech king and extended in the 17th-century by luxury-loving Italian nobles…Find out more
Ugento is a tranquil town in the region of Salento in Puglia, the low-lying peninsula lapped by the Adriatic Sea to the east nd the Lonian Sea to the west on the heel of Italy’s boot. Salento is peppered with historical sites from Messapian dolmens to Roman amphitheatres and Angevin castles.