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.

Comments

Your name



Address

Via Castello 46, Gangi, Italy
See all sites in Gangi

Details

Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

Rating

4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Veronica Gagliano (4 months ago)
Ignazio Zarcone (8 months ago)
Gi Kos (2 years ago)
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.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

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.