The Lauria castle in Castiglione di Sicilia was built by Roger of Lauria. It dates back to the 12th century.

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

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S. Mai (14 months ago)
The castle is very beautiful with a magnificent view. Please don't trust navigation to drive up, cause the street gets very narrow. It's better to walk the last meters to get to the castle. Once you are up there, you can take a guided tour for free (you should give them a donation). We did a tour and our guide, a 13 years (!) old boy, did an incredible great job. If you want a unique experience hopefully he will be your guide, because he was really AWESOME and knows pretty much about the castle and its history (and his English is quite good). The castle is worth a visit!!
Bart Vdh (2 years ago)
The inside is not so impressive. But the views from up there are stunning
Christopher Sammut (2 years ago)
Nice village, however not much going on there. Mist hoses are abandoned
marie cousens (2 years ago)
Steep hill but worth the view. Tiny castle at the top but free entry and personal guide. Good find.
Keller Rongey (3 years ago)
Absolutely stunning view across a masssive valley. The man working in the Castillo was was one of the most genuinely kind and friendly people I’ve encountered on the island. He even refused my tip.
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