Castello Caetani
Castello Caetani
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Brun066
By Brun066
Effective "window" on the story of one of the most important noble families in Latium.
4.0 of 5 bubblesApr 2023
A visit to this castle opens a "window" on the story of one of the most important noble families in Latium, during the span of almost a millennium. The best-known exponent is undoubtedly Benedetto, who became pope under the name of Boniface VIII, and as such a ruthless opponent in the Italian cities of the moderate Guelphs, known as "whites". The most illustrious of the White Guelphs, Dante Alighieri, reciprocated this hostility, finding an ingenious way to affirm his damnation in Hell even though he was still alive (he died in 1303); but many other members of the family, especially between the 1800s and 1900s, had a certain reputation, for both political and cultural activities. The city of Sermoneta - together with Anagni - was one of the cities possessed by the Caetani as a "signoria" and not as an acquired fiefdom (specialists in medieval and early modern history are well aware of this concept, which may not be clear to the general public); therefore it is to be expected that this castle is an adequate monument to grasp the importance of the family. We visited the castle by a guided tour (in any case mandatory), which effectively introduced us to the history of the castle and to the vision of its individual parts. The castle, founded by the Annibaldi family from whom the Caetanis bought it at the end of the 13th century, still clearly shows the functions of the various parts. The kitchens and stables, with their technical functions, are particularly evocative; but of course the boardrooms are also appreciable, as are the defensive devices. However, it should be noted that the castle was substantially abandoned by the owner family, as early as the end of the 18th century, having transferred their main residence to Rome. And this can be understood from the almost lack of furniture, which suggests a long period of decline before the restorations of the 20th century.

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Romanbiker
Rome, Italy899 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
Worth the visit especially with good weather for the view. Guided tours available. Hours available online: http://www.comunedisermoneta.it/?page_id=240
Written January 8, 2013
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Sean H
Oxford, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
You can only go around in an Italian-speaking tour. There is no English option, though there is a leaflet in English and people helped translate the guide's info for us.
It is remarkably intact and boasts a rich history of the local family that owned it fighting with the Borgias to keep it, losing it and then getting it back again.
Tours go in high season at 10,11, 12 and then 3,4,5 I think.
Well worth a visit!
Written August 18, 2017
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RickyG48
Sunshine Coast, Australia946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
The Castel Caetani which is pretty old dominates the medieval village and dates back to the 13th century when it was then in the hands of the Annibaldi family. We loved the tour and although our guide spoke little Italian, we had read the history and another person in our group helped us with translation. In the 13th century there were two towers and two fortified keeps. At the end of the 13th century Pietro Caetani persuaded his uncle pope Boniface V111 to ‘acquire’ a few properties from the Annibaldi family. These properties included Sermoneta During this time the Caetani family modified and expanded the castle at Sermoneta. The frescoes date back to about 1470. In 1499 pope Borgia Alexander V1 took over of the property and the castle became a fortress, the city walls were strengthened, changes were made and a walkway running the length of the battlements constructed. After the death of the Borgia pope the new pope reinstated the Caetani as lords of Sermoneta.
Very interesting, lovely guide, Tania and €8 well spent.
Written June 24, 2019
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Paulo1122
Sydney, Australia30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If you're from Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or USA and don't speak Italian, you're wasting your money and time. There are no tours in English, even in the peak months of July & August. You can only see Castello Caetani in a guided tour group, not privately, and it will all be in Italian. Also PLEASE BEWARE, we had all our luggage stolen from our locked hire car just outside the main gate (tourists can't drive into the village). Local thieves use wireless scanning devices to unlock keyless entry vehicles. We filed a report with the local police but you'll never hear from them again. Foreign tourists are sitting ducks in Italy.
Written October 13, 2019
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Chris S
Spring Hill, FL6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Wanted to see this so bad. Gorgeous town not American friendly :( Walked all the way up and they would not let us in. Said we had to have an Italian tour guide...
Written July 20, 2018
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Anthony D
Islip, NY289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
The castle is amazing to explore. The tour is only available in Italian, but it was lovely to walk around and see the castle. The structure itself is in excellent condition and there are some interesting medieval frescos inside. Afterwards, the town is beautiful to explore. Some streets that have worn down from a thousand years of walking feet. Beautiful vistas of the countryside from the top of the city. Quite a few little cafes and shops to explore. You can spend three or four hours exploring. Well worth a day trip. NOTE: very steep hills that are not handicap or stroller friendly! Saw one couple trying to carry a stroller up to the castle and felt sad for them. This town is at the top of a mountain. The streets are very, very steep. The drive up was a little scary...we had an experienced driver, but not sure I would try driving it myself.
Written July 20, 2018
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Nicole G
Naples, Italy18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
Sadly the castle was closed the day I decided to go. Tripadvisor did warn me of that, but I decided to go see the town anyway. It is such an amazing place. The locals have kept this wonderful, beautiful small town as it was in the 13 century, with just a few modern updates. I had lunch at a restaurant near the castle that had great local for that was typical of that region. You can spend hours walking through the streets taking pictures of this amazing place. The castle I believe you have to pay to go inside, but walking through the town is free.
Written December 30, 2016
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Bernie T
Sermoneta, Italy6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Solo
I have just moved here in Sermoneta for business. This Castle is awesome.
Can't fail the citizens attitude and delicious plates.
I would love to spread the world Sermoneta's big value.
Written August 12, 2012
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,021 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A visit to this castle opens a "window" on the story of one of the most important noble families in Latium, during the span of almost a millennium. The best-known exponent is undoubtedly Benedetto, who became pope under the name of Boniface VIII, and as such a ruthless opponent in the Italian cities of the moderate Guelphs, known as "whites". The most illustrious of the White Guelphs, Dante Alighieri, reciprocated this hostility, finding an ingenious way to affirm his damnation in Hell even though he was still alive (he died in 1303); but many other members of the family, especially between the 1800s and 1900s, had a certain reputation, for both political and cultural activities.
The city of Sermoneta - together with Anagni - was one of the cities possessed by the Caetani as a "signoria" and not as an acquired fiefdom (specialists in medieval and early modern history are well aware of this concept, which may not be clear to the general public); therefore it is to be expected that this castle is an adequate monument to grasp the importance of the family.
We visited the castle by a guided tour (in any case mandatory), which effectively introduced us to the history of the castle and to the vision of its individual parts.
The castle, founded by the Annibaldi family from whom the Caetanis bought it at the end of the 13th century, still clearly shows the functions of the various parts. The kitchens and stables, with their technical functions, are particularly evocative; but of course the boardrooms are also appreciable, as are the defensive devices.
However, it should be noted that the castle was substantially abandoned by the owner family, as early as the end of the 18th century, having transferred their main residence to Rome. And this can be understood from the almost lack of furniture, which suggests a long period of decline before the restorations of the 20th century.
Written June 29, 2023
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Fabio A
Monaco-Ville, Monaco659 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
We went to visit this castle after a very good lunch. Deapite the bad weather, we appreciated the tour, especially thanks to the guide that was very helpful.
Written November 13, 2018
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