Scicli Castle

Scicli, Italy

The first development at Scicli was around the Castello dei tre cantoni at the top of San Matteo hill that overlooks the town. The Castello dei tre Cantoni is actually composed of two separate fortifications, the Castelluccio higher up and the Castellaccio at a lower level.

This was a defensive structure that, over the centuries, was enlarged and used first by the Arabs, then by the Normans and then later as a military outpost of the County of Modica. The current castle is dated to the 13th century although studies date its origins to the first half of the 12th century.

The Castle has a triangular tower, while to the north-east stands a large wall terminating in a quadrangular tower. The reason for having an unusual triangular tower is unknown, but thought to be symbolic (possibly related to the three points of Sicily itself) rather than a military function.



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Via San Matteo 9, Scicli, Italy
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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ant anto (23 months ago)
In reality only the remains of the castle remain, located on a rocky outcrop in the south-eastern sector of the Hyblean plateau called the hill of San Matteo, close to the town of Scicli. The structure has undergone several restorations and renovations over the centuries, adapted and remodeled according to specific defense needs that have disappeared in the modern age
David Nannoni (2 years ago)
Completely in ruins ... Beautiful panorama
Claudio Ignazio Vaccaro (2 years ago)
Very nice to visit
Céline M (2 years ago)
It's not so much that I hated it, it's that I did not manage to reach the castle. There was a path forbidden to pedestrians
Eleonora Anita Motta (2 years ago)
The stairs to climb are too high
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