Castello di Mongialino

Mineo, Italy

Castello di Mongialino was first time mentioned in the mid-12th century by Muslim geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi. Later it become a feudal castle of Normans and their descendants. Today it is ruined, but the massive keep exits quite well-preserved.


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Mineo, Italy
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Massimo Calcagno (16 months ago)
The Mongialino Castle, unfortunately abandoned and in ruins, a part of the circular keep and the walls remain standing, and the entrance door and the bridge mentioned by Abbot Vito Amico in 1757 are no longer visible. Circular keep today only the first elevation and a few ruins of the second are visible. The semicircular tower, which has no similar in Sicily, leaves the visitor amazed by its majesty. Entering the "annular" environment formed by the two concentric structures, it is possible to observe some splayed saucers inwards and the entrance to a particular cylindrical cistern, located right in the center of the keep, which once collected the rainwater coming from the roof . From the castle you can enjoy the view of a very suggestive hilly landscape, with the alternation of shadows and lights, the cultivated fields alternating with the barren fields, ponds as if to contemplate a painting by William Turner. It is advisable to be very careful when visiting this structure, in fact the remains of the castle are unsafe, and it is not difficult to witness collapses. The stability of the vaults is very precarious, and it could really give way at any moment.
Carmelo Cutuli (2 years ago)
Ruins located on a rocky hill, reachable (church & barn) by MTB or gravel, from there it becomes more difficult to get to the fortress, presumably built to dominate the underlying valley.
orazio Allegra (3 years ago)
Historic place but difficult to reach bad roads ..
black hero seguenzia (3 years ago)
Nice but not taken care of
Basilio Sapienza (3 years ago)
Beautiful castle, unfortunately left in total abandonment, the structure has serious structural damage and is in serious danger of collapsing, safety work is urgently needed before it is too late.
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