Pantelleria Castle

Pantelleria, Italy

The foundation of the castle on the island of Pantelleria can possibly traced back to the Arab or Byzantine period in Sicily, even if it is not attested with certainty before the 13th century.

The Castello Barbacane is located in the centre of Pantelleria town at the entrance of the old harbour and is accessed via a staircase from the Via Castello. It was a bulwark to protect the maritime trade of the island, facing the harbour on one side and walls lapped by the sea on the other side. Until just over a century ago, the castle was the predominant element of the walled city

The castle is well preserved and worth a visit.



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

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Fabio Girelli (7 months ago)
The Castle of Pantelleria, also known as Castello Barbacane, is one of the oldest architectural works in Pantelleria. Located in a strategic position, at the mouth of the old port of Pantelleria, it dominates the entire city center. It is home to the archaeological museum.
Adriana Sacchetto (9 months ago)
Too bad it is not open and is not also used as a museum with the numerous archaeological finds that have been made.
Daniele Tonoli (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle on the banks of the port of Pantelleria. Too bad there was no possibility to visit it when we passed. Beautiful plaques on the facade, we hope they reflect the current reality
Antonio Di Mauro (3 years ago)
An excellent defensive architectural example, in the splendid medieval setting, located on the panoramic seafront. Worth a visit, twice in a row I found it closed despite no warning. The patio of the entrance covered with garbage. A tourist resource of this magnitude, it would deserve more attention from local administrators and its Superintendency.
Bozzi Marco (3 years ago)
Nice but sadly closed .... You can do better to make it an island attraction
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