There’s a beautiful castle in Italy that is waiting to make your fairy tale dreams (or ghostly nightmares) come true, even if you’re on a budget.
Roccascalegna, a village in the Abruzzo region of Italy, is now offering stays at its recently renovated medieval fortress, the Castle in the Sky, for the low price of €100 (about $114 USD) per night, CNN Travel reported. Roccascalegna’s mayor, Domenico Giangiordano, hopes the new initiative will bring more tourism to the area and boost the local economy, which has suffered from the town’s depopulation.
The castle itself is a massive 7,500-square-foot fortress with a chapel, tower, dungeon, gardens, and plenty of rooms to lose yourself in. Perhaps what is most striking about the castle, and perhaps what earned it the name Castle in the Sky, is that it sits off of a cliff as if it’s simply hanging in the air. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re in a medieval or Renaissance legend of kings, queens, and courtiers, this is your chance.
Beyond its dreamy location, it’s also a prime spot for ghost hunters, according to CNN Travel. Legend has it that the castle is haunted by the headless ghost of Baron Corvo de Corvis — who apparently made a habit of sleeping with newlywed women in the village until he was, perhaps unsurprisingly, murdered.
“Ghostbusters have slept here: they heard the baron screaming, running around like a madman,” Marcello Giangiordano, the castle's keeper and guide, told CNN Travel. After all, is a castle really a castle if it’s not haunted by headless ghosts?
And if you do decide to stay in this dreamy by day, spooky by night destination, you can also take advantage of the idyllic town below. Roccascalegna is dotted with fruit trees, stone cottages, a few bed and breakfasts, and restaurants. Mayor Giangiordano is also hoping to coordinate with a wedding planner and catering for couples who would like to tie the knot at the old castle.
“The castle, abandoned for ages, was a ruin where sheep and dogs slept,” Giangiordano told CNN Travel, adding, “Look at it now — it's a gem.”