Castelmola Castle

Castelmola Castle, locally known as Castello di Castelmola, lies in the village of the same name, in the Messina province on the island of Sicily in Italy.

The site of Castelmola, a 530 meters high precipitous rocky ridge above the town of Taormina, was first fortified by the Byzantines around 800 AD. It was used as an outpost for Taormina. In 902 this fortification fell to the Muslims after a fierce resistance.

In 1078, the Norman count Roger I of Sicily, conquered the area from the Muslims. The Normans then built a new castle incorporating the older walls. What we see today are mostly the remains of the 16th century version of the castle.

The remains of Castelmola Castle may not be very much but they offer a great view overĀ Taormina Castle below and the town of Taormina below that. It can be visited freely during daytime.


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Castelmola Castle

Castelmola Castle, locally known as Castello di Castelmola, lies in the village of the same name, in the Messina province on the island of Sicily in Italy.

The site of Castelmola, a 530 meters high precipitous rocky ridge above the town of Taormina, was first fortified by the Byzantines around 800 AD. It was used as an outpost for Taormina. In 902 this fortification fell to the Muslims after a fierce resistance.

In 1078, the Norman count Roger I of Sicily, conquered the area from the Muslims. The Normans then built a new castle incorporating the older walls. What we see today are mostly the remains of the 16th century version of the castle.

The remains of Castelmola Castle may not be very much but they offer a great view overĀ Taormina Castle below and the town of Taormina below that. It can be visited freely during daytime.


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