The Rufo Ruffo Castle of Zanclea can easily be seen from the surrounding area. This fortress was built on top of a precipitous hill surrounded by green valleys from where you can overlook out on the sea. There was no architectural design planned therefore the castle was built with limestone rocks arranged in no rigorous way and solely based on the geographical locatio making it a challenge.

The castle was built in the second half of the 13th century by Frederick II as most castles in this area. Lived in by the king himself, then the beautiful explorer and warrior Macalda, the Emperoro Carl V, King Vittorio and mani more till it reached the last owner Antonio Rufo Ruffo, a great art collector of the time.

Inside the Rufo Ruffo Castle of Zanclea there are several objects from some museums of Messina. In particular there are paper documents related to the surrounding territory and the historical information of the castle and the noble families that lived there. The religious medals and medallions as well as the armour collections and marble objects  are just a few of the things you can still see in this castle.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Giuseppe Rossello (8 months ago)
Nice place with a good restoration
Giuseppe Maltese (20 months ago)
Very nice castle, beautiful landscape that can be seen from one of the balconies, eye to the ghost that wanders from time to time ...
Biagio Fiumara (20 months ago)
Beautiful, a unique experience, wonderful views. Trained and friendly staff.
Fabio Neri (21 months ago)
The castle is truly impressive. Kept very well both externally and internally, with many exhibits open bodies to the families that have followed. In addition to the beauty of the castle you will also find a tour guide who will explain the whole history of the castle to you. We were lucky enough to have Ms. Ta Clara who truly transmitted all her passion and emotion to the story. I really recommend it !!! And then the view from there is really priceless !!!!! We did not pay by going on the first Sunday of the month but the cost of the ticket as it is maintained and for the service that is provided is really negligible only 3 euros deserves much more !!! Go and visit this castle because you really won't hang around !!!
Fabio Neri (21 months ago)
The castle is truly impressive. Kept very well both externally and internally, with many exhibits open bodies to the families that have followed. In addition to the beauty of the castle you will also find a tour guide who will explain the whole history of the castle to you. We were lucky enough to have Ms. Ta Clara who truly transmitted all her passion and emotion to the story. I really recommend it !!! And then the view from there is really priceless !!!!! We did not pay by going on the first Sunday of the month but the cost of the ticket as it is maintained and for the service that is provided is really negligible only 3 euros deserves much more !!! Go and visit this castle because you really won't hang around !!!
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