Lat: 38° 3' 11.19433" N - Long: 15° 27' 55.89837" E
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You can enjoy an enchanting view of the Strait of Messina, looking from the Rufo Ruffo Castle; on the vertex of a precipitous hill, enclosed all around by inaccessible valleys.
On the eastern side only, the slope is less steep and here the mule track that joins "la marina" to the castle has been obtained.
On this side the fortress was built on a short plain where, in the seventeenth century, numerous firearms were installed, which made the coast invulnerable.
The windows on the south-east side are perfectly preserved: two mullioned windows on the first floor, two small single-light windows on the upper floor; same distribution occurs in the south-west side.
The north-west side has only one closed mullioned window; the rest of the prospect is completely blind.
The ogival door retains its structural integrity.
The rooms on the ground floor served the soldiers assigned to the defense of the castle; the superior, which was the noble floor, was destined to the castellan and his family, the last - mezzanine - was for the servants.
Even today there are numerous wall-mounted newsstands and the cutting of a large fireplace.
Characteristic are also some vertical cuts in the walls which run through the whole three floors.
Access to the terrace is made easy by a long open-air staircase in a small square atrium.
Inside the castle a museum has been set up where there are paper and heraldic documents concerning the territory and the Ruffo family.
Have great cultural interest the medals, craft objects, weapons of war and armor that constitute a cultural attraction aimed to increase the knowledge of the territory of Scaletta Zanclea.
Today we discover...
Church St Nicola
The most seventeenth-century façade in Sicily
Chiesa San Nicola di Trecastagni
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