Castles of Italy
Chosen from hundreds of candidates, the best castles of Italy below highlight some of the country's most fascinating fortresses.
All shapes, sizes and historical periods have been considered with the selection below representing those most worthy of a visit.
Some of the castles are positioned in a commanding hilltop position overlooking a city or town, while others stand impregnable a little way out to sea or on the cliff-edge of a hard to reach mountain.
The twenty most interesting castles in Italy have been whittled down and now presented in order of overall appeal.