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“King of the Castle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castello di Toro Plano

Castello di Toro Plano
Via al Castello, Maiori, Italy
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Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Maiori
Certificate of Excellence
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
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“King of the Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Sr di Martino is charming. He gave us a friendly and informative tour of his castle. I asked him who was doing the renovations to which he replied: "I am. I am the King of the Castle." It was so peaceful up there and well worth the climb.

Visited August 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Worth the walk, beautiful views, very interesting place to see, would be a shame to to make the effort

Visited June 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“If in Maiori - don't miss this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We visited when the Castello was not due to open for an hour, but Signor di Martino appeared at the gate and ushered us in. As the previous contributor said, he has no English and we had no Italian, but that just wasn't a problem. He showed us the exhibits with such enthusiasm, and there were enough words and phrases to catch on to, that we knew exactly what he was describing (there's also a helpful leaflet). He is a genuinely kind and generous person, proud to show off the history of the Castello di Thoro-Plano - and what a history it is! Etruscan; Roman; Byzantine - and countless artifacts to prove it. A refuge against the attacks of the Lombards and the Saracens, where the townspeople could come up and take refuge within the walls (the enormous clap of thunder while we were there certainly heightened the atmosphere!).

Because of the personal attention and the tour he gave us, we could relate to it even better than to Pompei. It's a bit of a climb, but the views and the experience, and meeting Signor di Martino, made it the highlight of our holiday.

Visited June 2013
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Magical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I arrived just as Signor Crescenza di Martino was opening up. He gives you a personal guided tour of the castello, telling you about the herbs, picking bouquets, and pointing out the views and suggesting what might make a good photo. I was the only visitor and between my not very good italian and his not very extensive English we seemed to understand each other very well. He was an excellent guide and it was a quite magical visit.

Visited October 2012
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south wales
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“huge climb!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Hard work up all the steps in the heat, and great views, unfortunately we arrived with an Italian family, who got preferential treatment from the guide, in Italian, so we didn't wait around to be shown the battlements.

Visited September 2012
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