Si Trova: a nord di Caltagirone
Lat: 37° 20' 24.60953" N - Long: 14° 34' 28.05743" E
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An imposing toroidal tower with a diameter of 21 meters constitute the castle of Mongialino.
It dates back to the early Middle Ages; it was known by the Arab geographer Idrisi in 1150.
It belonged among others to the Paternò, de Luci, and Manfredi di Mazzarino, to Blasco Lancia and to Manfredi Chiaramonte.
Originally it consisted of two elevations, each probably divided into two floors, and much of the building had remained almost intact until the eighteenth century, while today there is only one elevation that presents serious stability problems, and only ruins of the second elevation.
The castle was also equipped with a crenellated wall.
The toroidal shape of the tower is unique in Sicily, and arouses astonishment for its size.
Inside, there is a barrel vault reinforced by arches, some loophole in the 2.10 meter thick walls and, in the base of the central core, which has a diameter of 8.35 meters, there is a cistern in which rainwater was conveyed.
Another cistern can be seen outside.
The castle guarded the plain of Catania from the south and was an integral part of the defensive system of the town of Mineo.
From the castle you can admire a very suggestive hilly landscape.
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