This castle was the foundation around which the thriving village of Giglio Castello was built by the Aldobrandeschi in the 13th century.

After the unification of Italy, the castle was briefly used as a prison.

After that, it was sold and transformed into a residential complex.

Today you can still admire the castle's strong walls (complete with guard stations), the charming stairways that once led to the castle's upper levels and the Medici coat of arms. The watchtowers and sentry walks are also surprisingly well preserved. You can walk along sections of the wall and stop and pose in the guard stations under the watchtowers. But the real treat here is walking past the gorgeous stone houses that are connected to the castle like oysters under a bridge.

photo: nerovivo via Flickr.

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