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Castillo de Castelmola

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Castillo de Castelmola

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Rotabile castelmola, 98030 Castelmola, Sicily Italy
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sbizzle wrote a review Oct 2020
Ludlow, United Kingdom1458 contributions317 helpful votes
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The taxi wasn’t cheap - €20- and the walk down very hard on our poor thighs! But the time at Castelmola was worth the trip, to get stunning views made all the better for the further climb up to the ruined castle. The walk down starts via stairs to the side of the road near the café, passing a house called Casa Sara across a car park.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Ana L wrote a review Oct 2020
Navan, Ireland2682 contributions1090 helpful votes
There is not much left of the castle, but its views are outstanding, specially on a clear day! Nice place for a picnic :)
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Ally W wrote a review Sep 2020
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The medieval town of Castelmola can be viewed for miles around, looking as if it is perched somewhat precariously atop a peak. Access is best via the regular buses from Tarmina or by taxi (next to the Chiesa Sant'Antonio Abate). Cost of a taxi to climb the 4.7km to the top is about 20 euros. Be prepared to hang onto your seats on the hairpin bends! On arrival into the black and white marbled Piazza S Georgio you can either enjoy the panoramic views overlooking the bay and spot Mount Etna, or head for the cafe which has stood there since 1907. The owners purport it to be the site and origin of the local almond and bitter orange wine called vino alla mandorla opposite are the steps up to the castle, a Norman build. There is a lift available so even wheelers have the opportunity to take in the wonderful views. There is no admission fee
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Carl M wrote a review Feb 2020
Sarasota, Florida200 contributions100 helpful votes
If you are not an athlete, you best take the bus to get to Castelmola. A splendid old village stuck on top of the mountain overlooking Taormina and offering spectacular views of Mt. Etna. Many tourist shops offering local handicrafts, but mainly the local wine made from almonds, Mandorla. Pier de Cat, a local Sicilian Bistro at the busstop will evn teach you how to drink it properly. Ice cold, with a rind of the delicious local orange, sipping it slowly is the real thing. A climb up to the castle is invigorating, but offers only the remnants of the original walls. However, an even better view of Mt. Etna.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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swtraveler15 wrote a review Feb 2020
Springfield, Massachusetts1553 contributions323 helpful votes
While there is not much left to see of the Castillo de Castelmola, it is still worthwhile to make the climb up to see. There are wonderful views of Mount Etna as well as Taormina so that makes it lovely to see. You can imagine how impressive this castle was in it's day
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Date of experience: January 2020
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