Frequently asked questions

Can you go into the castle of Illasi?

The castle of Illasi may not be accessed as is a building which is not open to the public.


From an architectural point of view, the castle is built according to a distributive plan : the keep, that is, the castle dwelling is placed side by side to the fortified tower with the dormitory for the guards.

The shape of the early Medieval original plan is predominant and particularly noticeable in the almost elliptical castle walls which enclosed the hill beneath it which today hosts villa Perez Pompei Sagramoso and the Le Cedrare restaurant. The masonry of the keep and the fortified tower walls was of good quality both for the finish of the outer surfaces and for the quality of the laying of the walls themselves, all averaging around three metres thick, built with large rectangular ashlars of hard volcanic rock.

32 metres tall, the keep has a square plan measuring 10 metres per side, with a high sloping, or battered, base (the original inclination was modified during restoration in the sixteenth century), used for cisterns, as a storeroom and other service rooms. It is thought to have been built before the transformation of the Della Scala rule to which the large fortified tower in particular, is most probably attributable. Access to the keep is on an elevated level; the windows are few and full-centre arched. 

 The fortified tower, built just over 15 metres away from the keep and united to it by a curtain wall that detaches from the other at the level of the supporting small tower, also has an elevated entrance on a high, almost 8 metre, batter. It has a rectangular base (20x25 metres), a height of 26 metres, divided onto two floors. It is crowned with battlements surrounding an accessible top terrace.

The castle walls have a single entrance door, on the southern side and no supporting towers may be seen protruding over the top of the external wall.