The village that grew up around the fortress was renamed Castro and subsequently Castroreale, because it was the favorite residence of King Frederick III of Aragon.
 
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Castroreale

The village of the King of Aragon
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Village of Castroreale
Municipality of Castroreale

Metropolitan City of Messina
Sicily Region

Population: 2.468
Altitude centre: 394 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Unione Valle del Patrì

Municipality of Castroreale
Piazza Pertini - Castroreale (Messina)
Tel. +39 090 9746087

The village of Castroreale rises on the Torace Hill, a relief of the north-western Peloritani mountains where, at the banks of the torrent Longano, Gerone II King of Syracuse defeated the Mamertines in 265 B.C.

A farmhouse called Cristina or Crizzina dating from the Norman-Swabian period constituted the original settlement of the city center. The first certain historical information are found in a diploma dated 1324 with which Frederick III of Aragon sort the reconstruction of a pre-existing (castle). The village that grew up around the fortress was renamed Castro (from the Latin Castrum = castle, fortress) and subsequently Castroreale (because the favorite residence of King Frederick III of Aragon) and always remained city demaniale increasing over the centuries its importance, economic prosperity and territorial extension also thanks to its strategic position it had both in the system of fortifications placed on the Tirrenian side in defense of Piana di Milazzo that in the system of the connections with the fortified centers of the Ionic coast, through the internal paths to the chain of the Peloritani mountains. The economy of the village of Castroreale contributed until the end of the XV century an active and large Jewish community of which the synagogue, enlarged in 1487, it remains only a moorish arc placed today behind the Monte di Pietã .

The urban fabric is of the medieval imprint with streets and alleys and steep, paved with a characteristic stone paving jacatu (in the local dialect), which open on squares-belvedere from which you can enjoy the many views that are spread out around the country.

Worth a visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Church of the Candelora and the Tower of Federico II.

Video by Davide Rappazzo

Other destinations nearby

Novara di Sicilia
Novara di Sicilia
The village of Novara di Sicilia is located on the border between the Mounts Nebrodi and Peloritani mountains.
Messina - 11.7 KM from Castroreale
Milazzo
Milazzo
Milazzo, in Sicily, is placed between two gulfs, the Eponymous to the east and that of Patti, to the West.
Messina - 13.72 KM from Castroreale
Montalbano Elicona
Montalbano Elicona
The village of Montalbano Elicona is located in Sicily.
Messina - 19.19 KM from Castroreale
Castiglione di Sicilia
Castiglione di Sicilia
It tells that when Greeks arrived in Sicily, going up the river Akesine, were found in front of the village of castiglionesi: Castel Leone.
Catania - 25.19 KM from Castroreale
Floresta
Floresta
Floresta, in the Nebrodi Mounts Park is famous for its Provola cheese, among the excellences of its traditions. With its 1275 meters s.l.m. it is the highest municipality in Sicily.
Messina - 29.08 KM from Castroreale
Brolo
Brolo
The village of Brolo is situated along the Tyrrhenian coast, in Sicily, and surrounded by the mountain chain of the Nebrodi.
Messina - 34.28 KM from Castroreale

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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