Authentic Medieval Castle in Hill-Town Above The Sea
The Least Expensive LEGAL Castle Wedding in Italy
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The Medieval hill town of Torraca sits high in the hills overlooking the sea and the stunning Coast of Maratea, the resort town of Sapri & the mountains of the Cilento National Park. In September 2016, the town allowed LEGAL civil weddings at the castle (no rental fee), and symbolic weddings (with hosting fee) - there is also a beautiful little Catholic church next to the castle for legal Catholic weddings and blessings. The castle has a small chapel for LEGAL civil and non-Catholic ceremonies.
Torraca Castello is a new venue . Many of the photos of brides in the slideshow above are of models who particiated in a Bridal fashion show at the castle.
Legal civil ceremonies will be in the castle's courtyard - or, if bad weather, will be in one of the rooms inside the Castle.
There are 3 spots to have a civil or symbolic wedding ceremony (Castle Turrets, Small Chapel or in the Ancient Courtyard):
Ceremony outside on the Castle Turrets overlooking the town. This is an option for small weddings – up to 20 people. Standing only, no chairs
Ceremony in the small chapel - up to 8 people – standing only, no chairs.
Ceremony In the Ancient Courtyard of the Castle (no view). This area is great for Larger weddings. We can get up to 40 chairs in this area. The chairs are blue velvet.
About The Castle
The term Torraca presumably derives from Torre de Jaco, a man who lived in Torraca in past centuries. They know little of its origins, they seem to date back to centuries. X A.D. and can be attributed to the Greek roots.
The hypothesis is that they were the inhabitants of the coast, about 10 Km from the village, pushed by the ravages of the Saracens in 915 to take refuge in the hills, and landed in this village.
During the Vespers war between Angevin and Aragonese (1285-1302), the ancient town was one of the main strongholds Angevin hinterland.
The Cappelli writes that the saint Italo-greek monaco Fantino lived in Mercurium, between 951-952, he moved to Torraca, where he died.
In 1806 the town suffered the assault of French troops, which they set on fire most of the town and looted the baronial castle, exporting pictures, statues and other valuables.
Carlo Pisacane in June of 1857, after landing in Sapri, came to Torraca dell 'Olmo in the historic square, held a famous speech, inciting the people to revolt, but no one was able to follow him in his plan because it appealed in that day the Feast of St. Peter, the patron saint, Torrachesi showed him the way to get there, without danger, to Fortino.
The baronial castle stands on top of the town which develops around the village, it occupies a surface area of 520 square meters, plus a garden of about 344 square meters. The garden is surrounded by crenellated walls with two towers.
This Castle, was owned by different dynasties: Gambacorta, Palamolla, and today by the town hall. The castle retains a severe and majestic character determined by high crenellated walls that rises without chromatic continuity, from the underlying rock. It was built in the sixteenth century on the remains of an early medieval castle. It belonged to the illustrious Palamolla family, whose coat of arms, dating from the end of '500 beginning' 600, is located at the entrance, flanked by two painted caryatids.
It was still in use in the second half of the nineteenth century, as indicated by enrollment above the door of the first salon that remembers the visit of King Ferdinand II, which took place October 15, 1852.
Inside the hall you can see the arms of 'illustrious Palamolla family, there are paintings of art depicting the Madonna, St. Michael the Archangel and the episode of Olindo and Sophronia of the "Gerusalemme Liberata" by Tasso.
Hotel Villa Cheta, an intimate small boutique hotel situated in a stunning cove on the beautiful Mediterranean sea, is a wonderful villa that was built centuries ago by the owners family, whose famous hospitality made the villa a luxurious hideaway where noble families spent their vacations.
Given the tradition and history of the hotel it is suitable for couples who want to book out the whole hotel for a private, intimate and elegant wedding and who wish to celebrate their wedding in special romantic ambiance.
The Hotel Pisacane, a four star rated hotel, is a new hotel which sits on Sapri's Luongomare (palm tree lined promenade or boardwalk) a short distance from mainline rail station . Hotel Pisacane is the place to stay for weddings at Lovers Walk, The Sapri Wedding Beach and the "Deserted Island - Isola dello Scialandro". Boats to these venues will pick you up right in front of the hotel and drop you back off after the ceremony.
The sea and mountain views from San Diego are second to none anywhere. It is situated at the edge of the dream-like seaside village of Acquafredda with many flower gardens - a unique mixture of Italian hill-town and English country village. It is just outside the seaside market and resort town of Sapri with mainline station to Naples, Rome, Florence, Sicily, etc.