The Castle of Lagopesole is located at 820 meters in a homogeneous village built in the 11th century and expanded by Frederick II of Swabia in 1242 on the remains of previous Norman-Swabian buildings before it became a hunting residence and summer "otium." The Angevins complete the building by restoring the roofing and providing it with an aqueduct, stables and a small lake in front of which eels were bred, fished from the Versentino and Salpi Lakes.
The castle is divided into two parts, one residential and the other military, probably a Norman foundation. Inside, you will find two courtyards; the residential areas are gathered on two levels and on three sides around the main one in the northern part of the building. In the western hall of the upper floor (the so-called "Emperor's Salon"), you will still be able to admire the sculptures of the capitals and the supporting shelves of the original roofs.
At the center of the minor courtyard, there will be a sturdy square tower, the donjon, whose slightly rotated position in relation to the plant would confirm the hypothesis of a pre-existence of the Norman age to a specifically military destination. The tower, now closed to the public, contains only two rooms inside, the upper one with toilets made in the thickness of the walls and a lower compartment with a cistern. Next to the permanent exhibition that documents the site's medieval excavations, the castle houses the "Il Mondo di Federico II" multimedia museum, an itinerary dedicated to the myth of Federico II.