Castello Nelson

Maniace, Italy

Admiral Horatio Nelson received the estate of nine million hectares together with the title of Duke of Bronte as a gift from the Bourbon King of the Two Sicilies after he helped the king to escape certain death during the revolution of Naples in 1796. Nelson himself never lived on the property but his descendants the Hood-Bridgeport’s took possession of the dukedom until the final heir sold it to the city of Bronte in 1981.

Originally the castle was a fortified monastery and remained in the Nelson family until the 1980s. There is a wonderful little English garden behind the castle, the rooms feature tiled pavements from Caltagirone and the original furniture, books and paintings of Nelson's niece. The entrance fee is low and there are guided tours.


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Founded: 18th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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mario migneco (13 months ago)
Maurizio Bonaccio (15 months ago)
Not for the place that I think is beautiful only because it has been under restoration since 2016 and is poorly reported. At the moment, like all Italian stories, it is not known when it will reopen. Poor Italy
Enrico Zappala' (18 months ago)
Wonderful place of peace, full of history. Closed for years for works from the mysterious biblical times. I am a regular visitor to the place. I will modify my review by giving 5 stars and adding photos when it reopens.
francesco giuffrida (20 months ago)
Beautiful place, I had been there in the past. Too bad to find it closed on Saturday morning.
marcella la porta (2 years ago)
The so-called Nelson's castle, abandoned for years along with its enchanting garden, is the symbol of the carelessness, the neglect and the incompetence of recent and past administrators, and of the lack of respect towards one's Sicilian territory. Shameful to abandon these places rich in history and culture. They could be mines ...
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