Si Trova: a Carini
Lat: 38° 8' 1.003285" N - Long: 13° 10' 53.44930" E
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The castle of Carini is the only one in Sicily that has the appearance of a fortress with a fortified village.
It was built by the norman Rodolfo Bonello on a previous arab construction.
In 1283 it became the property of the Abate family, that began a series of transformations that ended up making the castle become residential.
The castle belonged, among others, to the La Grua and the Talamanca families.
It has a square-shaped courtyard.
Entering from the central façade, there is an elegant staircase which leads to a room with a beautiful wooden ceiling built in the 15th century, with few traces of paintings.
The ballroom was almost completely destroyed and rebuilt.
From the side door of the hall you enter the room, also rebuilt, in which the famous crime of the Baroness of Carini, Laura Lanza di Trabia, wife of Don Vincenzo La Grua - Talamanca.
She was killed by her father because of honor reasons together to the alleged lover Ludovico Vernagallo (the death records of the two are transcribed in the historical archive of the Mother Church of Carini).
A curiosity: on the same wall in which it would have been found, the imprint that the Baroness's bloody hand would have left a few moments before dying was repainted.
The ground floor housed the chapel which is accessed through a portal of the '500.
On a square tower to the west you can see a walled mullioned window and a window of one of the rooms.
The basements of the bell tower date back to the first structure of the castle.
Access to the castle costs 3 euros; it is open every day, except Mondays, in the morning from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and in the afternoon, in winter from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and in summer from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm; for info Tel.
091 8815666 - 091 8680871; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What happened in Sicily: 27 September
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