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Lancellotti Castle

Majestic castle on the first stone of the Vallo di Lauro
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Lancellotti Castle

Lancellotti Castle, one of the most beautiful period residences in Campania, rises majestically at a distance from Nola, on the “first stone” of the Vallo di Lauro.
The first evidence dates back to before the year 1000, but the first concrete evidence of the existence of a feudal residence dates back to 1277.

Historical museum that welcomes thousands of visitors a year, location for private events and cultural events, the Lancellotti Castle represents an important pole of cultural attraction.

The ancient manor is today a dynamic reality, which reconciles its museum vocation with an intense activity in the organization of events, useful for the enhancement of the Property and capable of giving life to a virtuous circle that allows not to neglect a wise and constant work of protection and restoration.

History

It was built in an eminent position, on a rock facing south called "first stone", where, probably, there had already been a pre-existing construction in Roman times.

The first document in which the existence of this castle is mentioned dates back to 976 where it speaks of "Castel Lauri" a manor that can therefore boast over a thousand years of history, certified by written documents.

Other later testimonies have been found, but the first one that clearly alluded to the castle can be read in the registers of the Angevin Chancellery in the repertoire of the year 1277, when Margaret de Toucy, cousin of Charles I of Anjou, was granted custody of the castle by Lauro “pro habiliora mora”.

Several lordships have followed one another: the Princes of the Principality of Salerno in the Lombard period; the Sanseverino Counts of Caserta in the Norman period; the del Balzo Conti di Avellino in the Swabian-Angevin period; the O