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Sidney Sonnino Castle

The fortress sits atop a promontory overlooking the sea in Quercianella, near Livorno

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Romito Castle, also known as Sidney Sonnino Castle, is located a few kilometres from the city of Livorno, in the hamlet of Quercianella, Romito.

To protect the coast from invasions – this was the perfect place to launch attacks – Cosimo III de’ Medici commissioned a fortified castle, starting with a tower that was already on the site.

Sonnino Castle
Sonnino Castle

The complex passed into the hands of the Lorraine, and in 1799, the French, before being given over to Sidney Sonnino in 1895, the Minister of Finance and Prime Minster of the Kingdom of Italy. At the same time, an exterior chapel was also built, which is still conserved today.

A fun fact: the politician, fascinated by the villa’s exceptional position, decided to stay here forever, and commissioned, when he was still alive, a seaside sarcophagus installed in a grotto, where his body remains today.

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