You’ll find castles in many Italian towns, both large and small, like this Palazzo d’Avolos in Vasto, Abruzzo, once the residence of the marquises of Vasto. Located on a large terrace right along the sea coast. It’s enclosed garden with a beautiful pergola covered in grape vines and benches covered with majolica tiles presents a breathtaking panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea.
The interior of the castle now functions as an archeological museum and museum of ancient customs. While the interior courtyard is available for various civic functions, such as concerts and recitals. And is also transformed into semi-internal ice-skating rink during the coldest months.
Some of Italy’s castles, like this one, are so beautiful and charming, it almost makes me want to move there. Others, however, seem much colder and more formidable, probably presenting a more accurate picture of what actual castle life was like. Majestic and impressive, yes. But I really doubt they were any too warm, cozy, or inviting.
But still, to live in one this pretty doesn’t sound too bad. Provided, of course, it comes with plenty of maids and gardeners to keep it up! 🙂
Images are my own.