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CASTEL LAGOPESOLE

In the splendid Vùlture Area, dominated by an ancient volcano, now no longer active, is where one will come across Castello Lagopésole, the last fortress built on the wishes of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia

History

Its name derives from an obstruction lake (for volcanic eruptions), now dried up, and which up to the 1900s existed in the Piano del Conte locality.

The place where the Castle is situated, covered a strategic role of control for many years over the ancient Via Herculea; a Roman roadway which linked Potenza to Melfi.

The first fortification is probably attributable to the Saracens, who escaped from Venosa during 743. There was definitely the presence of an important domus here during the Norman era as there was an encounter in 1173 between Pope Innocenzo II and the powerful Abbot of Montecassino Rinaldo in the presence of the Emperor Lotario II.

Construction of the present day Castle began in 1242 and prolonged until the death of Frederick II (1250). According to its purchaser, it was an ideal hunting departure place for the Imperial court.

Following the death of Frederick II, the Castle was frequently visited by his son Manfred and his wife Elena d’Epiro, who under the Angioiniansans (1268), was imprisoned here by Carlo I d’Angiò.

In 1416, Castel Lagopésole became a fief of the Caracciolo family, who were succeeded in 1531 by the Doria family, The latter remained proprietors of this splendid castle until 1969.

A visit to the Castle

The Castle is open for visits in the morning from 9.30am to 1pm all year round and during the afternoon from 4pm to 7pm in Summer and 3pm to 5pm in Winter.

Place of interest

The Federiciano (Frederick the Great) Castle (XIII century); Naturalistic excursions to Piano del Conte; Visits to Atella.


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