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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  • We went on a Sunday and there happened to be a lovely concert. Quite a treat!
  • Historical site with an interesting past. I wish there was a Coffee shop or a restaurant. Breathtaking views
  • It's amazing place
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  • What a beautiful place. The highlight of my Sicily visit.
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