The Montalbano Elicona Castle is considered as one of the most beautiful monuments in Sicily.
The Montalbano Elicona Castle was built in the 12th century by the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II on preexisting byzantine and Arab walls. The intent of Frederick II was to provide Sicily a series of strong defensive buildings around the island. The well preserved extensive walls of the castle are easily seen throughout the town. From on top of the Valley the King could control the whole area and the nearby Nebrodi Mountains.
The small medieval winding roads lead up to this charming castle that was home to many kings and nobles like Luis King of Sicily and Frederick the Simple. The ongoing restoration work in progress closes up some areas of this site but it is still well worth a visit. Interesting are the rooms with armours on display and the small museum with musical instruments. The Royal Chapel of the Byzantine era is truly impressive! Apparently Arnaldo da Villanova was buried here, a famous character connected to this castle who died in 1313 in genoa and was a doctor, alchemist and a religious writer of great influence in the european courts.
Admission Fee: €3.00 Full / €1.50 reduced for adults over 65 years of age
Opening Times: From April to October, From Tuesday to Sunday 9.30-13.30 & 15.00-19.00/ From November to March only on weekends and festivities.
Address: Via Savoia, 32, 95021 Aci Castello CT