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The Castello D Alanya: photos, description (Castello d Alagno)

The Aragonese castle Castello D Alania is located in the charming medieval town of Somma in the Italian region of Campania. It was built by order of Alfonso I of Aragon on the site of the ancient Castrum (castle-fortress), which existed in the 5th century. From the beginning the castle was conceived as a country residence and had defensive purposes. Here king Alfonso spent the last years of his life with a young and charming Lucrezia d Alagno. After the death of king Lucrezia became haazimi castle and settled in it over time, he began to carry her name. Some time Castello d Alagno belonged to Giovanna III of Aragon and her daughter, Giovanna IV, and in 1691, the year was handed to Luke, Antonio, Baron de Curtis from Naples.

In the 18th century structure, consisting of four cylindrical crenellated towers, was restored and transformed into a Villa in the neoclassical style. Today, Castello d Alano belongs also a spacious courtyard, which overlook the servants ' quarters and storage areas with creeping arches leading to the upper floors of halls, living rooms and terraces. Around the castle is a large garden with fruit trees, which emphasize the elegance of the structure.

Since 1998, the year Castello d Alagno is owned by the municipality of Somma vesuvianite, on the initiative of which there are restoration work. In the castle is planned to accommodate the Museum center and the library.

Near the town of Somma vesuvian, in the town of the Elder della Regina, is the so-called Villa of August - a huge Roman building that was used until the 5th century. The Villa was discovered during excavations conducted with the participation of the University of Tokyo. Today tourists can explore the monumental complex with columns and decorated walls with niches. The Villa was covered with ash during the eruption of Vesuvius in 472, the year, so it still contains many statues, for example, a fragment of the statue of Bacchus with a leopard kitten.