Castel di Lucio is a tiny medieval village located near the Tusa river.
The name of Castel di Lucio derives from the ancient word “Castelluccio” which referred to the little castle located on the top of the hill. The village was found by Francesco I Ventimiglia in 1330 and thanks to its strategic location it became a very important stronghold. Later it was ruled by some of the most important Sicilian nobles families such as the Speciale, Siracusa, Lercano, Ansalone, Timpanaro and Cannizzaro.
The most important monuments of the village are the Mother Church, dedicated to San Luca and San Biagio, has three naves and a Latin Cross plan; the Church of San Carlo Bartolomeo, built in the 17th century; the Church of San Nicola is a charming holy place close to the ancient Castle which was built in the 12th century by the Ventimiglia family.
People live here:
Sagra du Cascavaddu, food festival
Sagra “A tabisca ca ricotta”, food festival
How to get there:
Get on SS 113 Palermo-Messina, exit Pettineo
From Mistretta (Me)
Get on SP176
From Gangi (Pa)
Get on SP50
Masseria Maggiore 4*
Hotel Atelier sul mare 3*
Trattoria Di Sambataro Vincenzo
Piazza Trento Trieste, 10, Tusa ME
Ph. 0039 0921 330132
Marina di Caronia
Castel di Tusa