The castle of Francavilla di Sicilia

MircoMannino/ 7 Ottobre, 2019/ Francavilla di Sicilia, Province of Messina/ 0 comments

Beautiful friends of In Viaggio con Te, today I bring you to the discovery of the castle of Francavilla di Sicilia, in the province of Messina 🙂

View on the castle

There are not many news on the origins of the castle, nor many archaeological remains. It is thought that originally on this hill there was a Greek outpost, around the 5th century BC.
Subsequently some documents attest to the existence of a castle as well as a monastery, the Monastery of Santa Placa, built in the Norman era.
If the monastery, of which some remains still exist, was built in the Norman age, and since this area of ​​Sicily is dotted with Norman castles, it is thought in conclusion and logically that this building is also of Norman origin, built therefore between the 1000 and 1100.

Castle of Francavilla, seen from Castiglione di Sicilia

View on Francavilla di Sicilia

Remains of a tower

ABout the castle nowadays there are still some lookout towers, the remains of a keep and some ruins of a probable drawbridge, which allowed to cross the Alcantara river, whose meaning from the Arab is just “Bridge” or “Bridge with arches ”, a word that was then associated with the river of the same name.


View on Francavilla

Detail of a window

The castle is now in a complete state of abandonment, with no apparent glimmer of hope about its future. However, the view that dominates from the summit over Etna, over the entire Alcantara Valley and the respective Gurne, is something truly priceless.
Suggestive and poetic, it worths to go back several times to enjoy a beautiful sunset on Etna.


Sunset throw a window of the castle

Sunset on mount Etna, watched from the castle

To you

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