Castello di Calatabiano, Calatabiano

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  • We visited this castle at the end of our trip, for a quick visit. Let's say you see a beautiful landscape, and that it's fun to take the funicular, but resto....si can avoid ...
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  • The castle is located in Calatabiano (from Arabic Kalaat-al Bian = Biano rhinestone) in Via Alcantara, immediately after the exit of the village, on a hill, from where you can admire a breathtaking panorama of the Ionic coast: Taormina, Taormina, Giardini Naxos, the Valley of the Alcantara river (from Arabic Al qantar = deck) and Mount Etna. It is only open to the public since July 2009 after two years of significant and costly restoration and archaeological excavations that have brought back to its former glory. I don't know how much time is left in a State of neglect, for sure a long time. I remember as a kid (60/70) we ascended with my classmates on the castle in search of adventures, but dangerous. We liked so the Castle, because we were free to roam. With the attainment of adulthood, however, cried my heart to see, each time, the property so run down, and no one took any action to resolve a situation as regrettable. Finally in 2009 ... It can be accessed, as well as on foot, even by cable car (cost €2.00 more €5.00 for entry). The entire structure, including the gondola, at night it's lit: has become a reference point on the Messina-Catania motorway to exit the highway (Giardini Naxos in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia and North to South), not forgetting the wonderful effect scenic. In Sicily, and southern Italy, typically the castles are everywhere, but this one is unique in its kind: I knew it was an Arab-Norman castle, but, after the excavations, is also the Greek-Byzantine (IV-III b.c. Centre and V-VIII century AD). They don't tell you what there is to see in, because you have to find out from you. Be warned, though, that there is a bar, a restaurant and a conference room. Good visit!
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  • I understand the cable car service and it's good that you paid. But 7 euros for a ride to visit what remains of four walls left abandoned or not. Beautiful view but to have a view that does not serve certainly pay 7 euros.
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  • What a beautiful place. The highlight of my Sicily visit.
  • The place is lovely. The guide who told us about the history of the castle is well prepared and even agreeable. Deserves a lot more visibility and more tourists. Only complaint are the directions not very visible and not FOLLOW the DIRECTIONS of GOOGLE MAPS because you put on a dirt road prohibited to cars!
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  • Unknown Castle until this weekend even by locals who have accompanied us! Breathtaking view from the panoramic elevator that by various views of the Castle! Congratulations to the guide that made us discover a piece of history of Sicily
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  • I went once in Singapore to visit the Castle and the signs have led me into a dirt road that at one point ran into a construction site. Some workers said they had to walk but didn't know if it was open. I contacted the hotel phone numbers listed on the site of the Castle but nobody answered while on cell phone numbers was in operation the answering machine. Eventually I discovered that another indication led in a different direction and so I followed this one. I arrived by car directly under the Castle where you could see a lift, too bad it was all locked up, with no written on the gate times, all gave the impression of a State of disrepair. From Sicilian I think we don't look good with tourists coming from outside the region to visit the Castle and found the total disinformation and lack of answers in the addresses marked on site. Congratulations
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  • You are not familiar with opening hours and services with guides. Undervalued
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