Milazzo Castle

Milazzo, Italy

The Castello di Milazzo is located on the summit of a hill overlooking the town, on a site first fortified in the Neolithic era. The castle was built as a result of the strategic importance of the Milazzo peninsula, which commands the Gulf of Patti, the body of water that separates Sicily from the Aeolian Islands. It also commands one of Sicily's most important natural harbours.

The Greeks modified it into an acropolis, and it was later enlarged into a castrum by the Romans and Byzantines. 

In around 843, the Arabs began to build a castle on the ruins of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine fortifications. The castle's keep possibly dates back to this era. The castle was enlarged by the Normans and Swabians. It was extensively modified during the reign of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen.

Between 1496 and 1508, the Aragonese built walls with six semi-circular bastions, encircling the original medieval castle. Between 1525 and 1540, the Spanish built bastioned fortifications around the Aragonese walls and the settlement which surrounded it, expanding the castle into a citadel. The new fortifications were designed by the military engineers Pietro Antonio Tomasello and Antonio Ferramolino. Some outworks were added in the 17th century. Several civil buildings began to be built within the walls of the castle, including the old cathedral and various palaces.

The castle was in Habsburg hands in the first half of the 18th century, before being taken over by the Bourbons. The latter retained the castle until they lost Milazzo to Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1860. The castle was subsequently converted into a prison in 1880, and underwent a number of alterations. The prison closed in 1959 and the castle remained abandoned for a couple of decades.

It is now in good condition, and open to the public.

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Matteo M (2 years ago)
Very beautiful to see. A neat piece of history. I recommend you read a travel guide about it. Has great info!
Petrica Nicu (2 years ago)
Amazing place to visit. Amazing view of Milazzo and sea. Good place to relax and full of history.
Filip Fiebiger (2 years ago)
If you're mostly interested in expositions of weapon, armors, tools etc it is not for you, there is nothing there. But it is a huge area to wander around and feel the castle vibe that also offers incredible views from many places. We've been there for 2h and I think with the entrance fee of 5€ definitely worth it and recommended.
Gaby Kapps Composer Maria Gabriella Cappelletti (Archangelic) (2 years ago)
It's the main landmark of Milazzo, and site of great historic conflicts. It also offers and incredible view of town and bay.
Giuseppe Spina (3 years ago)
It is to visit! Do not miss the amazing panorama from the Normand Tower! There's also the Museum of the Tonnara, the "fishing" of tunafish through a system of nets under the Sea. It was an activity well known all over the island. In Milazzo were fought battles that even sicilians do not remember anymore...
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