Located in the heart of the historic center of Vico Equense, Castello Giusso stands as one of the most prestigious jewels of the Sorrentine Peninsula.
Built between 1284 and 1289, the history of Castello Giusso is shrouded in legend. It is said to have been commissioned by King Charles II of Anjou, although some sources suggest that it was more likely initiated by the feudal lord Sparano di Bari. Throughout its history, the castle served dual purposes, functioning both as a military stronghold and a residential estate.
The name Castello Giusso is attributed to its 19th-century owners, Luigi and his son Girolamo Giusso, who undertook extensive restoration and embellishment works on the castle. Over the years, this castle had various notable owners, starting with Gabriele Curiale, a page to the Aragonese crown, followed by Ferrante Carafa, the feudal lord of the region in 1568, and then Matteo Di Capua, a member of the Ravaschier family.
The castle has transformed significantly over time, with only a portion of the original fortifications and a seaside terrace remaining today. The most significant alterations occurred in the 17th century when the castle was converted into a stately residence with gardens, caves, water features, and ancient plants. The interiors were also enriched and adapted to house the art collection of Matteo Di Capua, which, regrettably, has since been lost.
It was Luigi Giusso and his son Girolamo, after whom the castle is named, who played a pivotal role in the restructuring of the edifice. They were responsible for the distinctive salmon-pink coloring of the castle and the frescoes adorning the Halls of Arms and Fans. They also oversaw the construction of a small private chapel dedicated to Santa Maria della Stella.