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The Castello Pizzo: photo description (Castello di Pizzo)

Pizzo Castello is a castle in the eponymous town in the province of Vibo Valentia, close to the popular resort. The castle was built in 1492, the year on the orders of Ferdinando I of Aragon, but the main tower called Torre Mastra, was built earlier, during the reign of the Angevin dynasty (about 1380-year).

At the time, the castle served as a fortress against the devastating incursions of the Saracens, and was used as a prison. Some parts on the upper floors, for example, castellated parapets and casemates behind the towers, were destroyed, but a large part has been preserved in its original form. Once, by the way, the castle was a suspension bridge and underground tunnels that led outside the city. They were used until the 18th century, but today the exact location of the tunnels is unknown. The legends say that the total length of tunnels amounts to 12 km and they are linked to the castles of Rocca Angitola and Vibo Valentia. It is known that one of the underground passages led to the Piazza della Repubblica, and the other directly to the seaside.

In 1892, the year the castle of Pizzo has been declared a national monument, and in 2003-m to year within its walls opened Provincial Museum in memory of Joachim Murat. Today thousands of tourists visit the castle to walk through the ancient rooms, become acquainted with historical documents, including from the Napoleonic library to see original drawings of the castle and permanent exhibition of costumes and mannequins, recreating the last days in the life of Joachim Murat, Napoleon's Marshal, the king of the Kingdom of Naples in the years 1808-1815. It is in this castle Murat was imprisoned after the Second restoration, and executed in may 1815, the year. And in the great hall of the castle a collection of 103 ancient coins 6 to 19 th centuries.