Lat: 37° 55' 54.59886" N - Long: 13° 39' 37.97827" E
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The Castle of Caccamo is one of the most important, attractive, evocative and best preserved feudal manors of Sicily, as well as being among the largest, and offers a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of medieval life.
It enjoys a magnificent landscape on the western terrace which overlooks the valley.
It was born in the Aragonese period due to the will of the powerful Chiaramonte family on a steep rock.
It has undergone some renovations and transformations over time that have not affected its beauty and grandeur.
The palace is accessed by a wide flight of stairs at the top of which is the first entrance gate that leads into a courtyard with fifteenth-century buildings.
A courtyard leads into the theater, in front of which are the guards' quarters.
There are also the small court church, the mast tower, the servants' quarters, the Sala della Congiura and the Sala delle Armi, with powerful armor, the Audience Hall and the prisons, which are horrible places with low roofs, walls damp and blackened, masonry beds where prisoners awaiting trial spent their time drawing on the walls or writing terrible sentences that give us only a faint idea of their mood.
Other places to visit, in addition to the others, are the dining room, with frescoes from the 1600s and mosaic floors, and the rooms of the guesthouse.
A legend tells about a ghost in the Caccamo Castle too.
This is the castellan Matteo Bonello, who was arrested and died of hunger and thirst in the basement of the manor.
The specter of Matteo Bonello drags himself through the rooms of the castle and whoever has had the misfortune to meet him claims that he looks terrible.
Another legend tells instead to a beautiful nun who at midnight on full moon days, dressed in white, on the stroke of the first of the 24 clock chimes, heads from the castle towards the tower with a pomegranate in her hand.
Another legend has as protagonists two prisoners whom the gentleman from the castle had condemned to death, and while they awaited his sentence they were locked up in a cell.
When the time arrived, they asked for two last sheets to cover themselves.
The escorted prisoners approached the terrace where they would be executed but at an agreed signal they threw themselves into the void using the sheets as a parachute.
One died crashing to the ground, while the other managed to survive but was recaptured by the guards who, astounded by the recklessness, left him free.
The Castle can be visited every day from 9.00 to 13.00 (last admission 12.15) and from 15.00 to 19.00 (last entrance 18.15).
What happened in Sicily: 26 February
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