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“History from 11th century”
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Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Melfi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
League City, Texas
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“History from 11th century”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

Known as Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II’s castle (one of about 8 he had built in South Italy), where he issued his ‘Constitutions’ (laws of criminal and civil procedure we would call them today, and substantive law affecting fiefs, church and municipal life in detail), it was in fact already in existence in the 11th century. He expanded it. As is the wont of castellans, it is proudly on a hill denominating the skyline and can be seen clearly even from Rapolla, some 10 Ks away. The staff are a credit to the town. They refused to take any entrance money from us since the electricity was out due to a storm the night before. A senior female member showed us the entire castle, over a few hours, even opening a room to show us a centuries old sarcophagus excavated nearby. The views of the town from the windows are inspiring. The archaeological displays are very impressive. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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“Very interesting visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Doesn't look like much from the outside, but well worth the visit. The entrance is cheap and the items exhibited are impressive, diverse and well displayed. Don't miss out, you'll learn a lot :)

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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“Small Surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

This is a small, unremarkable castle with lovely views, cheap admission fees (3 Euro?, kids free) and a surprising display of artifacts from the castle's excavation. Plan one hour to see the whole thing. Worth doing.

Visited May 2012
4 Thank Lbresciano
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2011

We had a wonderful visit to the castle. We hired a local guide, Michelangelo Levita (can be hired through hotel or tourist bureau) who gave us a great overview of the museum. The castle is worth a visit.

Visited May 2011
5 Thank Burnzi
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