The Baron's Castles 1

The Baron's Castles 1

From a castle nested atop a rock, visited for its location by Wilhelm II, German Emperor,
to a castle used as a hunting lodge by Frederick II, king of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor.

This itinerary includes one of the most incredible castles for its location, Mussomeli Castle; and a city, Favara, important for its castle representing the glorious past, and its Cultural Park representing its glorious present and future.

For this guided itinerary we will pick you up from your hotel or b&b with one of our vehicles: with a minimum of 3 people the vehicle is a luxury Mercedes-Benz 4x4 or a comfortable 8-seat minivan! It takes about 90 minutes to arrive at Mussomeli Castle (photo above), our first castle, built between 1364 and 1367 by Manfredi III Chiaramonte, Count of Modica, in Norman-Gothic style though what we see today is mainly from the 15th century by the Castellar family, Lords of Mussomeli. It stands on a high crag, elevation 778 metres, outside the town. It has large halls, dungeons and torture cells, and a chapel with a precious alabaster. Of course, in such a castle on such a location, there is a ghost...

After lunch with local products in Mussomeli, we head to Favara. Favara Castle, built in the 12th century by the Chiaramonte family, it is relevant because it represents the transitional phase between castles and palaces. Of particular interest are the chapel and the portal, which is flanked on either side by two little columns and a marble frieze decorated with a bas-relief and winged cupids. The motifs of the decorations are clearly echoes of the Norman age: in particular, the shafts of the columns and the chapters recall those of Monreale Cloister.

After the castle we go to the Farm Cultural Park, an art gallery and artist residence founded in the Arab-flavoured Cortile Bentivegna by notary Andrea Bartoli and his lawyer wife Florinda Saieva in 2010; it is made up of seven small courtyards and ranked the sixth most popular international tourist destinations for contemporary art lovers, according to the British blog “Purple Travel”. Here we will also have lunch at one of the cozy restaurants, full of art and good food!

Why touring with Palermo Walks? We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee, our vehicles are checked every month, you can always talk to one of our managers. Our style is based on storytelling, our unique way of sharing with you the history and stories of people, art, culture, food, traditions. Book your tour now to enjoy the best of Sicily!

 

Schedule:

  • 9:00 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
  • 11:00 Mussomeli Castle (inside)
  • 12:30 Lunch in Mussomeli (not included)
  • 14:00 Departure from Mussomeli towards Favara
  • 15:00 Favara Castle (inside, and visit of Favara)
  • 18:00 Departure from Favara towards Palermo
  • 20:00 Hotel or b&b drop-off
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  • Options

    • Customisation: if you prefer a shorter or a longer itinerary, to add or remove some points of interest, and/or if you require different hours, please contact us.
    • For a tour leader, that is our expert storyteller, speaking a language different from English or Italian, please contact us.
    • For luxury services please contact us.
    • For special needs please contact us: convertible car seats for babies and foldable wheelchairs may be rented at €15 each.
    • For pickup and back, by car or minibus, outside Palermo's city centre please select the right option when booking, in doubt please contact us before booking. For pickup and back outside Palermo please contact us before booking.
  • Specifications

    • Frequency: Tuesdays-Sundays (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
    • Departure: 8:00 from your hotel or b&b in Palermo (the time may slightly vary according to the number of people, so it will be confirmed via email).
    • Length: 11 hours.
    • People: 1-8, for more people please contact us.
    • Group: open (people from different groups may join in), though limited to 8 people in total; for a private itinerary please contact us.
    • Location: Palermo.
    • Modality: by car or minibus.
    • Dress: no dress code.
    • Contribution: 1 person €249, 2 people €169 per person, 3-4 people €129 per person, 5-8 people €109 per person.
    • What is included: hotel or b&b pick up and back by car or minibus, tour leader speaking English and Italian.
    • Entry tickets: included.

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