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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orazio Allegra (13 months ago)
Historic place but difficult to reach bad roads ..
black hero seguenzia (14 months ago)
Nice but not taken care of
Basilio Sapienza (17 months 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.
Sergio Consoli (2 years ago)
The Castello di Mongialino is actually an unsafe ruin with few parts left standing. Despite the state of total abandonment, however, it is an extremely fascinating construction. One in a kind. The visible part is the main tower inside which a smaller tower is built for collecting rainwater. The curved lintels are beautiful and elegant. Access to the castle is not easy: the provincial road to travel by car is quite uneven. In some places completely covered with earth and stones, in others even collapsed. Once in the vicinity of the castle, you have to leave the car and tackle a small climb through the rocks to reach the height of the castle. The view is breathtaking and repays for the effort.
Luca.p.l (2 years ago)
Nice place for adventurers, nature lovers and photography enthusiasts but the road to reach it is in bad shape. We equipped with off-road and reached the site. On the way we stopped several times to make more shots. When we arrived at the place we continued for about 10/15 walking to what remains of the castle.
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