Built in the 13th century by order of the Marquis Turcotti, Lord of Ripalta, this square based castle overlooks the sea. Over the years, there were numerous renovations and in the 19th century, the castle was even used as a cemetery.
It is now used for cultural events and indeed, it was being set up for a wedding on the day we visited.
(Source:Cinque Terre Tourism)
While the views from the castle were nice and the admission fee is low, this would not be high on my list of things to do. There is a small chapel inside and the Oratory of Saint Rocco sits just across the courtyard from the entrance.
Small chapel inside the castle
Views from the castle
Outside the castle on a bench in the shade of the Oratory, sits a local man, Andrea, who walks the short distance from his home every day to sit and chat with tourists….women tourists. I have no doubt that he is lonely and that he does impart some historic wisdom to those he speaks with, but I would advise those who share a seat with him to be cautious. It would seem his idea of personal space may be a little different from that of many others. Ciao.