Poggiodiana Castle

Ribera, Italy

The remains of Poggiodiana Castle, or Misilcassino Castle, of Ribera are constituted by part of the perimeter walls and two towers, a quadrangular portion and a cylindrical, 25 meters in height and about 30 meters in circumference, of particular interest for the characteristic crowning corbels. Developed in about 3000 m² with an irregular plan, from the north side svettava on a precipice of over 300 meters, at the foot of which flows the river vegetables, east one sees the village of La Ribera. The fortress was firmly closed by an alignment of internal manufactured high approximately 20 meters and reinforced by a second defense wall. From a door on the sixth acute reached a second courtyard, where insisted the guard post with the accommodation of squires and the armoury, and opened the magazines and the scuderia. From the courtyard, thanks to the stairs, you saliva on the upper floors, where the lords were staying in the large apartments.

The castle was built in the 12th century by the Normans in defense of small neighboring communities and land between the Platani (Eraclea Minoa) and Triocala (Caltabellotta), and known until the 14th century with the name saraceno of Misilcassino, i.e. place of descent on horseback. Granted to Maletta family, from these was inherited by Scaloro degli Uberti, who made himself guilty of perfidy you saw confiscate the castle that was given to Monterosso for subsequently passes to the Chiaramonte and Guglielmo Peralta. In the fifteenth century it passed into the possession of the Counts Luna, in memory of these changed its name to take finally the appellative of Castello di Poggiodiana in honor of the noblewoman Diana Moncada, daughter of the prince of Paternò Luigi Guglielmo Moncada and wife of Vincenzo Luna.



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

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Alessandro Menni (8 months ago)
Assuming that it is a historical place for the town of Ribera. Anyone could think of visiting to appreciate the landscape, which I must admit is truly enchanting, and the ruins of this ancient residence. As a Riberese I know how to reach it but as a tourist there aren't enough signs to indicate its location. The paved road is almost impassable, and there is no real parking area where you can leave your car, but you have to park on the side of the road. Then you have to proceed on foot through a dirt path, also not diversified from others that lead to private properties. The historic site is left to decay, there are no legends, signs or anything else that tells the story of the ruin. Too bad that the administration does not know how to maintain it and make it attractive.
Massimo Maraventano (13 months ago)
Monument symbol of the Municipality of Ribera. Currently abandoned.
Andrea Campisi (2 years ago)
The only problem that we arrived via iun quad excursion I don't know if you can get there by car, so much history to visit.
Enrico Vacirca (3 years ago)
In complete abandonment with the danger of accidents inside. It deserves more attention
pille palle (3 years ago)
Nice to look at from a vantage point. I tried to approach the river by car from both sides, but gave up. The road is actually more of a dirt road that suddenly stands deep in the water - the risk of stuck my rental car here in the pampas was not worth it for me. Why can't the community expand the access road here? Hence only two stars.
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