Castle of the Naselli d'Aragona

Comiso, Italy

Il Castle of the Naselli d'Aragona is one of the most important historical buildings in Comiso. The probable construction of the castle took place around the 12th century, thanks to the testimony of several documents from the 13th century which mention its presence. It remained the residence of the noble Naselli family for a long time until, in 1693, the devastating earthquake.


Although a large part of the castle was destroyed by the earthquake of 1693, it is still possible to admire several remains dating back to the early years of the 11th century, as well as having numerous documents that clearly describe the original structure. At the time, he owned a drawbridge which guaranteed protection for access, isolating itself from the territory in front to avoid any attacks. On the right of the current building it is still possible to admire the most historical part, represented by a baptistery containing several frescoes dating back to the Byzantine era. On the north side there is instead one Eighteenth-century loggia with further frescoes depicting landscapes and animals. The internal gardens make up a suggestive scenario, with several fountains of the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, which blend perfectly with the surrounding greenery.



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Via Carrara 11, Comiso, Italy
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Maria teresa Lombardo (2 years ago)
A gem to visit, a castle with history and beauty from another era
Raffaele Buscema (2 years ago)
Sorry maybe I was wrong to write.
andrea calderone (2 years ago)
Wonderful Castello Peccato which is not open to the public can be admired only from outside
Santina Salerno (2 years ago)
Great lunch on the occasion of a birthday! Thank you very much for being with you! I recommend it, both in terms of quality and location!
Marco Maker (#VerdeMarcoMaker) (3 years ago)
place not suitable for giropizza as the tour is a bit slow ... the place is ugly but it is not anyone's fault since it is an ancient place. you save the pizzas that are good after all, maybe that's what matters ...
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