Castello Caldoresco, Vasto , Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
The rebuilding involved many changes: the courtyard became more regular with the addition of an arcade, while on the eastern side a spacious terrace for the apartments of the marquises was added; in the main apartment, facing the sea, it was possible to admire, until a short while ago, the marvelous canopy of the Lords of Vasto. The sumptuous residence witnessed, according to a popular legend not supported by any historical evidence, the exercise of the "Jus noctis primae" by marquis Innico III.
In the 17th century it was used as a tribunal and prison, then restored in 1713 and 66 cannon holes were inserted as well as loopholes for fire weapons. In the 19th century the castle was used as a private mansion, and today hosts a museum and art exhibitions.
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