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The old town is very evocative and you can still recognize the ancient walls within the subsequent constructions. It is dominated by the ducal palace and still has the appearance of a medieval hamlet, with narrow and winding roads that climb along the ridge of the hill. The most evident urban structure within the historical center is the castle, which presents itself as a square building with a courtyard. It is substantially different from the original fortress after radical changes following the 1688 earthquake, when it was transformed into a baron’s palace. You can still see the high walls lining the rocky ridge, defining the area of the structure. The sides have tilted, to increase the base areas. From an analysis of the masonry, it is obvious that the only remaining part of the original structure are limited sections of the walls, identifiable in the lower levels of the northern tower.

Present-day access to the castle is through an arcaded ramp, subsequently closed to limit the internal spaces from which stables and cellars were created. From here, eight meters above street level, one reaches the only remaining floor. Outside the historical center, in Vico Porrillo, worthy of note is the “Gran Taverna”, located along the road that once connected the Valle Caudina with Benevento, passing through Castelpoto. It was likely an artery of the Via Francigena used by pilgrims going to the Holy Land.

Borgo Medievale