Monte Tauro Castle

Taormina, Italy

Built by the Arabs about 400 meters high on the rock of Monte Tauro, the Castello Saraceno allowed to dominate on Taormina and its beautiful bay, and control the valley of the river Alcantara. The area of Monte Tauro coincided, in greek-Roman times, with the seat of the ancient acropolis less Taormina, Tauromenium. Castelmola represents the upper. It is likely that Muslims have used the fortress to defend themselves from the siege of the Normans of 1079. On that occasion the Count Roger, building a series of wooden towers all around the fortress, isolated himself in fact Muslims barricaded there, cutting them every type of supply. The only months hard resistance. Saraceno Castle of Taormina was during the reign of Frederick II, delivered to a noble castle. Today it is possible to appreciate the external walls of the building. Internal ones, however, were destroyed.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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George Kouchakji (14 months ago)
Amazing view, friendly staff and we even had a bottle of champagne! Slightly over priced and in need of some moderation but great location and very close to town centre!
George Kouchakji (14 months ago)
Amazing view, friendly staff and we even had a bottle of champagne! Slightly over priced and in need of some moderation but great location and very close to town centre!
C Montoro (15 months ago)
The view is truly amazing ! The service provided by the staff is excellent, very professional & kind. However, the quality of the building & the service of the room is not up to a 4* hotel in my opinion. The conditions of the balcony & the bathroom definitely need maintenance ( deshilachadas...) . The room clean but was lacking of all the amenities you could find in most hotels (from a single pen, note pad, water, sleepers, a working fridge, Water kettle...), it might be due to COVID but still not as I was expecting it. The walls are so thin we could hear everything that was going on in the room next to us & in the corridor. The only elevator is not enough to serve all the rooms. Also to reach the hotel there is a steep hill you must do, my mum was really struggling with it. Unfortunately not my favorite hotel as after 2 weeks traveling around in Sicilia.
Tara C (15 months ago)
Great hotel. Large sized rooms. Sea facing rooms have amazing views. Pool a great size and nice and quiet.
Tara C (15 months ago)
Great hotel. Large sized rooms. Sea facing rooms have amazing views. Pool a great size and nice and quiet.
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