The site upon which stands Monteforte Castle, that was built by the Lombards in the 7th-8th century, was probably once a Roman military fortress.
Monteforte's history goes back to the Second Punic War also referred to as The Hannibalic War, lasted from 218 to 202 BC between Carthage and the Roman Republic. It was written in an act, that Hannibal passed through Monteforte to go to Cannae, where he prepared one of the largest and most successful ambushes in military history against the Romans. The most significant historical record of Monteforte goes back to 1102, when it was cited in a document belonging to the Archives of Montevergine.
During the Angevin period it was owned by the Montfort family. Guido de Montfort lived in this beautiful place, but in 1271 he killed in Viterbo, Henry, son of king Richard of England also known as Richard the Lionheart. Therefore king Charles of Anjou confiscated all the Montfort possessions and gave them to the Orsini family, whose Dynasty ruled over Monteforte until 1806. Monteforte Castle was renovated and transformed into a Sommer Residence by Charles of Anjou, who dwelt there from 1271 to 1280. It was completely abandoned since the 16th century. According to a legend, there is a hidden treasure that is said to be located here, so several greedy people tried to find the treasure and destroyed the Castle.
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