Si Trova: tra Gela e Licata
Lat: 37° 6' 30.98179" N - Long: 14° 3' 10.47031" E
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This beautiful manor house directly overlooks the sea from a promontory of rare beauty; it is entirely surrounded by a park.
Its magnificent fourteenth-century tower, called "della Falconara" because the hawks were raised there, is the oldest part of the building.
In its first two centuries of life it purely held a vigilance function against pirate attacks; the tower was part of a coastal defensive circuit of the island: its signs corresponded to those of the towers of Manfria and the hill of Coffino.
In 1392 it belonged to Ugone Santapau, in 1580 it was a dowry to the Branciforte family, who kept it until 1800.
Later it belonged to the German count Welding who sold it to Antonio Chiaramonte Bordonaro, who used it as a hotel.
New buildings were added between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but the ancient Aragonese structures have not been lost.
The castle is surrounded by a crenellated wall; entry is via a large arched door.
On the eastern side there is a crenellated connection that connects two cylindrical towers and one square; there is also a sentry box and a gunboat on the entrance, and a chapel built in Modica stone, whose access is from the outside.
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