Roseto Capo Spulico, a castle on the sea
Roseto is a small but very ancient town whose main attraction is the wonderful Medieval castle, now a restaurant.
The name of the town comes from the Graeco-Roman age when they cultivated roses on these shores. Their petals had different uses, like filling mattresses!
The castle of Roseto Capo Spulico
The present castle was built in the 11th century and marked the borders between Robert Guiscard’s and his brother Roger’s realms. The Castrum Petrae Roseti was used to supervise the shores from raids and to guarantee safety in their villages.
This castle was controlled by the Knights Templar until it was confiscated by Frederick II in 1228. You can still see only a few emblems of the fighter knights days inside it.
The emperor Frederick II changed the form of the building and made it a real stronghold. Some academics tell that the Holy Shroud was hosted in one of the two towers of the castle during the 13th century.
In the following centuries, the castle survived thanks to its essential role in controlling coastlines against Arab and pirate attacks.
The beach of Roseto Capo Spulico
If the castle is a part of the charm of this incredible place, you cannot overlook the beauty of its sea.
Its beach is rocky, and it is not so easy to reach unless you use your car, but on the other hand, you can enjoy an absolute calm and tranquility; most of the time you will find just a few people all along the beach.
You cannot miss the opportunity to bring the diver’s mask and the snorkel to admire the beautiful sea life; it is easy to swim with fishes, which are looking for food near the beach.
Not far from the Castle there are also some cafés to cool down at midday. But beware of sea hedgehogs!
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