Dating back to the 1400s, Castello di Donnafugata is more a sumptuous noble house than a castle. After many years of neglect, the province of Ragusa purchased the house in 1982, and it has now been restored and made accessible to the public. The 20 open rooms, each with a particular purpose and style, still contain their original furnishings, which mainly date back to the 18th century. Explore the monumental park in which the house is situated, seeking out the artificial caves, the stone labyrinth, and other features built for the entertainment of guests. Castello di Donnafugata is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Donnafugata Edition.
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Castello di Donnafugata Reviews
E’ possibile visitare il castello sia internamente sia all’esterno con il suo grandissimo parco. La loggia è sontuosa, la grande terrazza è stata il set di alcune scene del Commissario Montalbano. Da ... more »It is possible to visit the Castle both internally and externally with its huge park. La loggia is sumptuous, the large terrace was the backdrop for scenes of Montalbano. To visit.
Il castello merita la visita per l'immagine storica che riesce a dare con i suoi interni, ma purtroppo, malgrado la bellezza del territorio, il contesto del villaggio è veramente indecente. Si può cap... more »The castle is well worth a visit for the historical picture that gives with its interior, but unfortunately, despite the beauty of the land, the environment of the village is really gross. You can understand that in January the adjacent rooms are closed but the dirt off and lack of maintenance of the Park cannot be justified given the ticket cost 8 euros. You'd think that the municipal administration is woefully inadequate.
My partner and I visited Donnafugata Castle last Sunday, a day that was rainy and foggy (see my photos). One of the reasons we visited the castle is because of the castle’s role in the Detective Monta... more »
Impressive grounds and gardens to start. Villa is also worth a visit. Not sure if the display of period clothing and accessories was temporary or ongoing but was lovely to see placed in different rooms within the villa.
Awesome castle, drive up has great views. The garden is massive and beautiful. The rooms we saw were well kept. I wish they had a guide available or more documents in English so you could appreciate the history.well worth a visit.
It was a rare rainy day in Sicily, so a great time to visit the castle. Nicely restored rooms and displays of period items. Worth a visit!
A nice diversion, especially for the Montalbano connections. Only a fraction of the rooms are open. Most of the exhibits have a basic English translation. The garden is very rough under the summer sun, very much a work in progress.
Imposing edifice that locals are very proud of. There are a number of trattorias outside for meals and refreshments. They were filming when we visited so unable to see inside, but explored the gloriously overgrown garden and marvelled at the enormous stone maze (didn't go in - we were warned that people got lost there). Tip: before you leave look for the sign and walk down the track to the 5th century catacombs, little bit of a trek but a hidden find...
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