The castle has been an idyllic home of noblemen, as well as the residence of Princess Bianca Lancia, wife of Emperor Federico II and mother of Manfredi King of Sicily.
If the Castle and the medieval village characterize the appearance of the town, it is thanks to the rock underneath the tower, known as the "rock of tears", which Brolo fits right into the list of magical and legendary places in Sicily. The old Fishermen of the place, in fact, tell a legend, probably linked to the Lancia family: the legend of Maria la Bella, Daughter of Francis I.It seems that the beautiful princess was used to look out of the balcony and wait for her beloved, who, with her small boat, came under the walls of the castle, then cling to the blond hair of the princess and climb the tall tower to reach her secretly.
After a last encounter of love, in a dark night without stars, while the young man was coming down from the tower thanks to the braids of his Mary, he was injured by his brother who was waiting for him on the rock in front of the castle, which was then called " The rock of tears " The young man's body was then put in a sack and dropped to the bottom of the sea.
Since then the beautiful princess waited for her lov in vain. Tthe legend says that her soul is still near the rock, always ready to advise the fishermen when it is better to retire, saying to them "Isati li riti! Viniti! Turnati!". When the sea is in bonaccia (which means good conditions), instead, she wish them good fishing with "“Juta e vinuta! Bona piscata!".
Today this castle is home to a museum and still retains its charm, accompanying the sound of waves crashing on the rocks and the medieval atmosphere of which the scene that stands before the eyes is permeated.