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Castello di Calatabiano

Via Alcantara 142, 95011 Calatabiano, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 640450
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A little Gem... undiscovered yet...

It's in the shadows of Taormina and there is no much left... but... the atmosphere and history... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Francesco T
Ann Arbor, Michigan
via mobile
Amazing views and beautiful castle

The castle is simply amazing. Cost to entrance is reasonable. Ride on the funicular is spectacular... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2017
Zebbug, Malta
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L’ascesa al colle della “terra vecchia”, resa possibile dal suggestivo ascensore panoramico inclinato, conferisce ai visitatori la duplice emozione di godere una vista, di grande valenza paesaggistica, del comprensorio Taormina-Etna e della valle fluviale del Fiume Alcantara e nello stesso tempo di farsi sfiorare dal fascino delle vestigia di secoli di storia del Mediterraneo. Un sapiente lavoro di restauro ha portato alla luce un sito archeologico-monumentale di eccezionale importanza. The ascent to the hill of the "old earth", made possible by the impressive panoramic lift, gives to the visitors the thrill to enjoy a view of great value: the mount Etna and Taormina, the valley of the Alcantara River and at the same time to be touched by the charm of the vestiges of centuries of Mediterranean history.A skilful restoration work has unearthed a monumental archaeological site of exceptional importance.
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  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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Via Alcantara 142, 95011 Calatabiano, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 640450
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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

It's in the shadows of Taormina and there is no much left... but... the atmosphere and history behind and the view are all worth! Strongly recommended!

Thank Francesco T
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The castle is simply amazing. Cost to entrance is reasonable. Ride on the funicular is spectacular, going higher and higher and the views get even more beautiful. The castle is beautiful and well-kept. We had the opportunity to walk freely about, at each room there...More

Thank agfhsyn6
Reviewed 3 March 2017

this is a must see castle, no artifacts on site or proper info. panels but a very good Italian speaking guide will show you around quiet easily. clean toilets but no proper restaurant\cafeteria on site.

Thank mary rose g
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Not anything to say about it, except that it - and the funicular - is closed. We are told by the admirable and knowledgeable people at our hotel that it will not be open this year. So no real review but, given that it was...More

1  Thank HUGH C
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Well worth a visit and easily missed. The castle has great historic importance and has been restructured and offers a restaurants with one of the most stunning views that this island has to offer.

Thank Micfaz2015
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Beautiful location. It appears from the amazingly uninformative notices that there has been an acropolis here since the Greeks, parts look normanish but you would hardly know. The site appears to have had a lot of money spent fairly recently on a fernicular lift (who...More

Thank EAJS1
Reviewed 15 April 2015

the castle itself is interesting but not much really to see. But still worth a visit. What made it for us, was the ride up in the funicular railway / lift. The views from the top, and the walk down along an old track past...More

Thank chiclid
Reviewed 1 September 2014

The castle is easily missed - we didn't see it advertised in any guidebooks or tourist information centres, but followed the road signs. The Arab/Norman walls have survived surprisingly well, and the modern additions have been done sympathetically. If visiting the Norman mosaics in Palermo,...More

Thank GeraldofWales
Reviewed 25 August 2014

The castle is located on the south of Taormina along the way to Catania over a hilltop, which is over 240 m. above the sea level. The fantastic and romantic view from Taormina until Syracus should be enjoyed in the late afternoon during the sunset.

Thank Anthony R
Reviewed 23 August 2014

After hearing so much about the Castle of Calatabiano, I expected to see at least a finding well maintained, however the disappointment is huge, because what remains of the castle, not much believe me, it's all created simply to have a coffee with the excuse...More

2  Thank peppe500
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