The Solicchiata castle was built a few kilometers outside the town of Adrano around 1875 at the behest of Baron Spitaleri who intended to build a building for rural use in the Solicchiata district. It became an important industry for the production of wine, the so-called 'Solicchiata wine'. The architecture refers to the medieval style, the castle is built in lava stone, surrounded by a moat and accessible via a drawbridge.
Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.
Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.
Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.