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In this enchanting village, rich in artistic and natural treasures, there is a perfect balance between the landscape and its urban aspect. From here it is possible to see the notorious Aeolian Islands and the magnificent Nebrodi. Among the artistic treasures we find the Duomo, the church of Candelora, the tower of Federico II, the art gallery of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Civic Museum. But not only, in Castroreale you can also be fascinated by the cuisine: the Biscotti della Badessa are typical of the village.
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A look at Castroreale
A look at Castroreale
Castroreale: Tindari promontory seen at night  | Santi De Palma - e-borghi Community
Castroreale: Tindari promontory seen at night
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Castroreale: The majesty of the Duomo between the night lights  | Santi De Palma - e-borghi Community
Castroreale: The majesty of the Duomo between t...
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Castroreale: Tower of Federico ll under the effect of night lights  | Santi De Palma - e-borghi Community
Castroreale: Tower of Federico ll under the eff...
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Castroreale: The Campanaria Tower of the Church of SS Salvatore under the effect of fireworks lights  | Santi De Palma - e-borghi Community
Castroreale: The Campanaria Tower of the Church...
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Castroreale: Piazza delle Aquile under the effect of the lights of the luminaries  | Santi De Palma - e-borghi Community
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Castroreale: Fountain in Piazza Peculio  | Santi De Palma - e-borghi Community
Castroreale: Fountain in Piazza Peculio
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About the village

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.

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

BY CAR

  • Along the highway, the closest exits to the center of Castroreale are:
    - Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto exit (A20 Messina-Buonfornello)
    - Exit Milazzo - Aeolian Islands (A20 Messina-Buonfornello)
    - Roccalumera exit (A18 Messina-Catania / Siracusa-Rosolini)
    - Taormina exit (A18 Messina-Catania / Siracusa-Rosolini)

ON THE TRAIN

  • Barcelona station - Castroreale
  • Milazzo station

BY PLANE

  • Reggio Calabria airport
  • Catania airport

Events

saturday
15
august, 2020

Feast of Assunta

from
sunday
23
august, 2020
to tuesday 25 august 2020

Feast of "Christ Long"

thursday
31
december, 2020

San Silvestro

tuesday
2
february, 2021

Feast of Candelora

friday
2
april, 2021

Procession of Christ

sunday
11
april, 2021

Feast of Jesus and Mary

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According to Jewish tradition, every firstborn was considered offered to the Lord and it was necessary that the parents redeem him by offering a sacrifice, 40 days after birth, at the temple. According to the same tradition, a woman was considered impure of menstrual blood after delivery. If the woman had given birth to a female, this period lasted for 66 days, but if she had given birth to a male, the impurity period lasted 40 days. At the time of Jesus, the day of the Presentation at the Temple and that of the purification ...
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