Abandoned Luxury Medieval Castle With Bizarre History - Urbex Lost Places Italy
You can stay in an Italian medieval fortress known as the Castle in the Sky for just 114 per night
- A renovated medieval fortress known as the "Castle in the Sky" is offering stays for 4 USD per night.
- The castle overlooks Roccascalegna, a small village in Italy's Abruzzo region.
- Roccascalegna's mayor hopes that this will bring in tourism that'll boost the local economy.
- The fortress is supposedly haunted by the headless ghost of an Italian baron known for his philandering ways.
There's a beautiful castle in Italy that is waiting to make your fairy tale dreams (or ghostly nightmares) come true, even if you're on a budget.
Roccascalegna, a village in the Abruzzo region of Italy, is now offering stays at its recently renovated medieval fortress, the Castle in the Sky, for the low price of €100 (about 4 USD) per night,CNN Travelreported. Roccascalegna's mayor, Domenico Giangiordano, hopes the new initiative will bring more tourism to the area and boost the local economy, which has suffered from the town's depopulation.
The castle itself is a massive 7,500-square-foot fortress with a chapel, tower, dungeon, gardens, and plenty of rooms to lose yourself in. Perhaps what is most striking about the castle, and perhaps what earned it the name Castle in the Sky, is that it sits off of a cliff as if it's simply hanging in the air. If you've ever wanted to feel like you're in a medieval or Renaissance legend of kings, queens, and courtiers, this is your chance.
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The "Castle in the Sky." Stefano Buttafoco/Shutterstock
Beyond its dreamy location, it's also a prime spot for ghost hunters, according toCNN Travel. Legend has it that the castle is haunted by the headless ghost of Baron Corvo de Corvis — who apparently made a habit of sleeping with newlywed women in the village until he was, perhaps unsurprisingly, murdered.
"Ghostbusters have slept here: they heard the baron screaming, running around like a madman," Marcello Giangiordano, the castle's keeper and guide, toldCNN Travel. After all, is a castle really a castle if it's not haunted by headless ghosts?
Roccascalegna, Italy. mdlart/Shutterstock
And if you do decide to stay in this dreamy by day, spooky by night destination, you can also take advantage of the idyllic town below. Roccascalegna is dotted with fruit trees, stone cottages, a few bed and breakfasts, and restaurants. Mayor Giangiordano is also hoping to coordinate with a wedding planner and catering for couples who would like to tie the knot at the old castle.
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