Gangi Castle

Gangi, Italy

The medieval village of Gangi is one of the most beautiful villages in Sicily. The 14th century Ventimiglia castle, located on the highest point of Mount Marone, was the ancient seat of the county lords, Palazzo Sgadari and Palazzo Bongiorno. It was restored as a residental palace during the 17th century.


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Via Castello 46, Gangi, Italy
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Of ancient origins (13th century), it was built by the Ventimiglias, Lords of Gangi, above the highest point of the town, the top of Mount Marone. However, it was little used by the Ventimiglias who preferred their castles of Castelbuono and Geraci. In 1625, they then sold it to the Graffeos, who embellished and modified it, and then to the Valguarnera, before moving on to the Milletari family, which today uses it as a private residence. The rear part is a ruin that has not been rebuilt / restored. A beautiful portal with large mannerist ashlars dominates the entrance on Piazza Valguarnera. In 1604 the Ventimiglias ceded to the Capuchin fathers the original chapel of the castle, which was enlarged to become the Church of the Mount, with a beautiful portal on the square.
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