While Melfi Castle is the most famous, Lagopesole Castle remains the most magical. When inside the castle you can still feel the spirit of the great Swabian Emperor Frederick II. It is said to be the last of the castles he had constructed for his own use, built between 1242 and 1250, the year of his death.
When travelling from Potenza towards Vulture, it appears and disappears from sight. Situated high and solitary on its clearing, it has a splendid appearance when illuminated by sunlight. Its rectangular design deviates from the classic, hexagonal design adopted during the period of Frederick II. It is divided into two parts: the area surrounding the courtyard of honour and the area devoted primarily to military defence, with the main tower at its centre.