The Castle of Palma de Montechiaro was built in 1353. It is the only castle of the Chiaramonte family that is situated at the seaside, on a cliff known as the Bay of the Sirens. It was founded by Frederick III Chiaramonte, then transferred to his successors Manfredi II, I and Andrea, who beheaded him. His possessions were seized and the ownership of the castle was transferred to the family Caro, who erased the memory of the previous gentlemen, changing its name into Montechiaro. Francesca Caro married Carlo Tomasi, the Duke of Palma and Prince of Lampedusa. The last owner with the name Tomasi was the author of the famous novel The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

You can reach the castle via a steep pebbly road full of pebbles. The ground floor houses the chapel with a marble statue of the Madonna di Montechiara designed by Antonello Gaginis.

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Founded: 1353
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Giovanni Stracquadaneo (4 months ago)
A wonderful place from which to enjoy a breathtaking view. Unfortunately it is currently closed and can only be visited externally. The Castle stands on a hill, you have to leave the car on an open space about 300 m (steeply uphill) below. Recommended to go in not too hot hours. From the site of the Municipality of Palmi
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James Morton (15 months ago)
Impressive, but closer up some of the restoration is a bit dubious. Great views!
Kim Coleman (2 years ago)
Such a beautiful place. Easy to find with a little hike at the end. So worth it. Castle by the sea was great. Wish we had known a head that needed to call a head for a tour of the inside.
Paul Hoff (4 years ago)
The location is marvellous, offering views of the big blue sea and along the coast. Too bad we could not enter. It would be nice if some seating was provided facing the water.
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