Montalbano Elicona Castle

Montalbano Elicona, Italy

The Montalbano Elicona Castle is considered as one of the most beautiful monuments in Sicily. It was built in the 12th century by the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II on pre-existing byzantine and Arab walls. The intent of Frederick II was to provide Sicily a series of strong defensive buildings around the island. The well preserved extensive walls of the castle are easily seen throughout the town. From on top of the Valley the King could control the whole area and the nearby Nebrodi Mountains.

The small medieval winding roads lead up to this charming castle that was home to many kings and nobles like Luis King of Sicily and Frederick the Simple. The ongoing restoration work in progress closes up some areas of this site but  it is still well worth a visit. Interesting are the rooms with armours on display and the small museum with musical instruments. The Royal Chapel of the Byzantine era is truly impressive! Apparently Arnaldo da Villanova was buried here, a famous character connected to this castle who died in 1313 in genoa and was a doctor, alchemist and a religious writer of great influence in the european courts.

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

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Carlo Falanga (15 months ago)
I really enjoyed the nights attraction and entertainment. These guys really go out of thier way. The entertainment starts a week before August 24th.
Edward Fassett (18 months ago)
Interesting from an historical point of view. Dates back to the time of the Normans
Kamyar Kamyab (2 years ago)
Nice weather. Interesting castle. Nice coffee! Only one ATM in the city. It's cold during the fall and the winter.
Richard Bartram (2 years ago)
Lovely castle, but couldn't get up to the tower,as restoration work in progress
Marco Currenti (3 years ago)
Very nice from the outside, unfortunately the castle is closed and can't see the inside. The surrounding town is very nice with the house made out of stone and a nice panoramic view.
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