The Grifeo Castle in Partanna is the well-preserved example of medieval castle built along the western part of Sicily. It was built in 1076 by Roger II  against Arabs. The castle has been designed by the architect Perbono Calandrino who characterised the building with amazing towers and gardens. It was a home of the Princes Grifeo for about nine centuries. Today the castle is a museum that displays lots of ancient masterpieces as its charming basements with its amazing old wine cellars.

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Founded: 1076
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Mike Burgio (4 months ago)
Found on the road and you fall in love. Love at first sight it was! You can visit it and open and go back
Camillo Di Maria (9 months ago)
Imposing structure, renovated, in a questionable way, with rooms used as a museum where everything is exhibited, but in the end you cannot grasp the essence of the place. The stables have become beautiful conference rooms. Sore point, like many public sites, there is no guide service and maintenance leaves something to be desired, falling plasters, weeds in the garden. However, I always recommend visiting it and maybe reporting things that are not going well.
gino li vigni (15 months ago)
Spendido
Fab Mich Sim (19 months ago)
One should check carefully opening times. There is a "punto panoramico" close to it.
Eddie Atkinson (22 months ago)
Interesting place
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