Castello della Monica – Teramo’s Romantic Neo-Gothic Folly

Castello della Monica

The evocative Castello della Monica is a fascinating Abruzzo folly located in an upper leafy part of Teramo.


Castello della Monica

It takes its name from the artist who created it as his home, Don Gennaro Della Monica.  Born in Teramo, he went to art school in Naples and successfully worked and travelled across Italy. His time in Florence was spent with Giannina Milli, a poet with a taste for romanticism and the exotic who adored nothing better than participating in Middle Ages historical re-enactments.  It is this period that heavily influenced the design and decoration of his ‘manor’ when he returned to his birthplace in 1867.

He built ‘Castello della Monica’ on the site of the ancient church of San Venanzio and Monica reused these ruins in the construction and for decorative elements.  Monica was eager that his neo-gothic glory looked weathered and a building that had withstood time and wear since the medieval period rather than a new build of the 19th century. Its medieval pointed windows, battlements, moats, bastions, small towers and architecture and decor give its Gothic appearance.

The castello reopened in the summer 2022 after being closed for restoration and to remove asbestos.  Website info is still a little patchy but growing!  

Castello della Monica
How Castello della Monica Looked in the Early 20th Century With its Accompanying Borgo!
Do watch out for the tasting and aperitivi events that are held in its lovely terraced gardens!

Aperitivi Teramo

Entrance is Free!
Opening Hours
Wednesday - 10-13, 17-23
Thursday -10-13, 17-23,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 17–23

 Address: Viale Camillo Benso Cavour, 64100 Teramo TE

Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.

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