Lancellotti Castle in Lauro

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HISTORICAL NOTES | TOURIST INFORMATION

Historical notes

The little town is located in the midst of the mountains - Faito and Pizzo of Alvano. Lauro is known for the imposing Lancellotti Castle, built in the 11th century in a beautiful panoramic position. The first written mention of the Castle appeared in a document of the 10th century, the owner of the "Castel Lauri" was a certain Raimundo.

The Castle is the building that symbolized Lauro, not only for its artistic value but also for its history. Later occupied by the Del Balzo from Avellino, the Orsini, counts of Nola, the Pignatelli, and finally Marquis Lancellotti. In 1632 it was bought by the Lancellotti family, who still own the Castle. On 30 April 1799 the French troops set the castle alight. In the second half of the 19th century prince Filippo Lancellotti decided to rebuild the damaged manor in a variety of different styles: in Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic style.

The Tower, no more than 16 m. high, was the tallest and strongest structure of the Castle. It was also used as the last line of defence during siege or attack. Inside the Castle there is a chapel that was used as a private church by the Lancellotti family. From the entrance portal it's possible to see a Well and some ornaments probably of the Roman period.

Completely restored, the Lauro's Lancellotti Castle is certainly one of the best preserved castles in Irpinia.

 

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  • The Middle Ages Village
  • Museum Umberto Nobile

 

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  • Ristorante La Pergola - Via Frate Agostino Casoria - Lauro - tel.: +39.081.5102051

 

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  • Hotel Certosa San Giacomo - via Nazionale 1, Lauro - tel.: +39.081.8240932

 

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  • Gnocchi, Fusilli and Sfogliatelle

 

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Lauro has a perfectly preserved Castle. It is now inhabited by Prince Lancellotti and is open for public viewing.

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