The Castelbuono Castle is a great option for a pleasant day trip from Cefalù.
The Castelbuono Castle is the highlight of the lovely medieval town that carries its same name. Situated in the Valley of the Madonie Mountains in the province of Palermo, this castle is a great option for a pleasant day trip from Cefalu. Food here is said to be extremely delicious!
The Castelbuono Castle was initially built as an aristocratic palace in 1316 for the Count Francesco I of Ventimiglia. It was situated on the site of an earlier fortification on the San Pietro Hill. In the 14th century the whole city grew up around this castle although it served no strategic purpose.
With Arab-Norman and Swabian architectural features, this castle is structured on three floors – servants on the ground floor, the nobility with the sumptuous palace chapel on the second and the third for the court and guest. The most interesting place in the castle is probably the palace chapel that was restored in 1683 and is dedicated to St. Anna. Richly decorated in Baroque style with precious marbles and putti affresco’s by the Serpotta brothers, the chapel has a beautiful urn holding the skull of the saint.
Many changes were made to the castle in the 17th century due to the number of Ventimiglia family members who moved here from Palermo as well as a few earthquakes that damaged it. In 1920 the town of Castelbuono bought the castle and restored it to its present conditions. Currently you can visit the castle inside to view the towns civic museum.
Admission Fee: €2.00 Full/ €0.70 reduced
Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday 9.00-14.00 & 14.30-20 (in the summer it is open till 22.00)/ Monday closed
Address: Piazza Castello, 90013 Castelbuono (PA)