The majestic medieval castle of Sciacca was built in 1382 at the wishes of Guglielmo Peralta, count of Caltabellotta, who became one of the four vicars of the kingdom of Sicily after the death of king Fredrik the III. The castle was passed down to the counts of Luna when, after the death of Nicolò Peralta (son of Guglielmo) one of his three daughters, Margherita, married count Artale of Luna, a Catalan and uncle of king Martino.

The castle rises from its dominating position, in the high up, east part of the city, and is located within the perimeters of the ancient walls, that still exist in part today.It is tied to the “Caso di Sciacca”, the century-long bloody battle between the Catalan house of Luna and the Norman house of Perollo, in conflict over a secret love, that of Giovanni Perollo for Margherita, wife of Don Artale Luna, but also for political and economic interests.



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Via Giglio 53A, Sciacca, Italy
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Founded: 1382
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Micky Gliese (13 months ago)
Good information about Sciacca
Ke WU (2 years ago)
Missing explanation
Sergey R (2 years ago)
Pretty underappreciated place with small amounts of tourists! A very nice view from the castle walls! You can make great photos from there! The castle itself is pretty much in ruins, but there is a tower still standing with some historical and recreated weaponry and armor. I also liked the recounting of the castle's past, which you can read at the entrance.
Daniel Clarke (3 years ago)
Small castle but worth a quick visit. There are a number of small displays (the male chastity belt will raise eyebrows) and it has excellent views of the sea.
Daniel Wright (3 years ago)
Nice place to see if you are in the area, would not travel to see it alone as it takes 20 minutes or so to go around
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