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Address: Via Alcantara 142, 95011 Calatabiano, Sicily, Italy
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+39 095 640450
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L’ascesa al colle della “terra vecchia”, resa possibile dal suggestivo...

L’ascesa al colle della “terra vecchia”, resa possibile dal suggestivo ascensore panoramico inclinato, conferisce ai visitatori la duplice emozione di godere una vista, di grande valenza paesaggistica, del comprensorio Taormina-Etna e della valle fluviale del Fiume Alcantara e nello stesso tempo di farsi sfiorare dal fascino delle vestigia di secoli di storia del Mediterraneo. Un sapiente lavoro di restauro ha portato alla luce un sito archeologico-monumentale di eccezionale importanza. The ascent to the hill of the "old earth", made possible by the impressive panoramic lift, gives to the visitors the thrill to enjoy a view of great value: the mount Etna and Taormina, the valley of the Alcantara River and at the same time to be touched by the charm of the vestiges of centuries of Mediterranean history.A skilful restoration work has unearthed a monumental archaeological site of exceptional importance.

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Arab norman castle

this is a must see castle, no artifacts on site or proper info. panels but a very good Italian speaking guide will show you around quiet easily. clean toilets but no proper... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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malta, europe
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malta, europe
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a must see castle, no artifacts on site or proper info. panels but a very good Italian speaking guide will show you around quiet easily. clean toilets but no proper restaurant\cafeteria on site.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Not anything to say about it, except that it - and the funicular - is closed. We are told by the admirable and knowledgeable people at our hotel that it will not be open this year. So no real review but, given that it was one of the sights which we were going to see, we should warn people in... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Well worth a visit and easily missed. The castle has great historic importance and has been restructured and offers a restaurants with one of the most stunning views that this island has to offer.

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Bristol
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

Beautiful location. It appears from the amazingly uninformative notices that there has been an acropolis here since the Greeks, parts look normanish but you would hardly know. The site appears to have had a lot of money spent fairly recently on a fernicular lift (who has seen one of them?) and walkways making it wheel chair accessible. However what all... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015

the castle itself is interesting but not much really to see. But still worth a visit. What made it for us, was the ride up in the funicular railway / lift. The views from the top, and the walk down along an old track past the church into the back of the village itself. Wild flowers, bees, wonderful views and... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

The castle is easily missed - we didn't see it advertised in any guidebooks or tourist information centres, but followed the road signs. The Arab/Norman walls have survived surprisingly well, and the modern additions have been done sympathetically. If visiting the Norman mosaics in Palermo, add this to your itinerary - it represents the other aspect of the Norman conquest... More 

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

The castle is located on the south of Taormina along the way to Catania over a hilltop, which is over 240 m. above the sea level. The fantastic and romantic view from Taormina until Syracus should be enjoyed in the late afternoon during the sunset.

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Thank Anthony R
Naples, Italy
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

After hearing so much about the Castle of Calatabiano, I expected to see at least a finding well maintained, however the disappointment is huge, because what remains of the castle, not much believe me, it's all created simply to have a coffee with the excuse of take an elevator in a very panoramic takes you from the parking lot to... More 

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I have only recently returned from Sicily and while driving to Taormina I could not help but notice the castle sitting proud in the distance, curiosity won and I visited the next day. Parking was a breeze but due to it being so hot I was happy to see the lift which is in itself worth a ride in giving... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

Castello di Calatabiano has to be a must see for anyone in the Giardini Taormina area. An easy drive to the tourist centre then park the car and jump in the sky lift, it looks intimidating but once you're in its not too bad, at the top you'll wonder how and why they built this castle on the top of... More 

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