The Chiaramonte Castle
The Chiaramontano Park cared for centuries by the Chiaramonte settlers and then by sharecroppers of the many noble families that have lived in the domain of the manor. Hidden by the foliage and sedimentary rocks, it can be seen timidly 'The Secret'. The old belief that wants blessed by Providence pacts concluded on the 'Rock of Siculiana' has wrapped for centuries this place an aura of wealth auspicious and sacred. Are unequivocal evidence of the many noble agreements, the marriages between scions of ancient families, celebrated in the Castle. Nell'agrumeto Castle, just below 'the Dungeon', loved to stay for embroidery Costanza Chiaramonte surrounded by trustworthy and talkative ladies in waiting. The portrait of Constance and the father Federico are visible inside the ballroom of the Agnello Palace. In recent times (summer 1955) has traveled in paths, now paved, was host to the author of 'The Leopard' Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa by the cavaliere Agnello. A year earlier, in the summer of '54 was touched, also host of the cavaliere, an extraordinary musician, Karlheins Stockhausen. At dusk, the atmosphere is charming with the colors, smells and sounds typical of Sicily that was the 'Leopards'.
Built on the end of the rocky crest of a hill, probably seat of the Supper, dominated with its towers, once embattled, the country that bears the same name and the valley lies gently on the Mediterranean Sea. The origin of the fortress is Arabic. It was Federico Chiaramonte rebuilt it and gave it glory. In 1311, with much pomp and ceremony, was celebrated in the castle, the second marriage of the only daughter of Frederick, Constance, and the noble Genoese Brancaleone Doria, who in 1335 became governor of Sardinia. Many were the weddings and agreements nobility celebrated in the castle, encouraged by an ancient belief that a blessed by Providence pacts concluded on the 'Rock of Siculiana'.
Built around 1800 and is in excellent condition thanks to its massive stone.
I send you a little note on the importance that had the house in hosting famous guests such as writers including Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa who was a guest while he was stretching out the fourth installment of 'The Leopard'. The writer with his immense culture greatly influenced the young Francesco Agneloo, who was a founder of the Friends of Music which gave the seat in one of the rooms of the Palace of Siculiana, other distinguished guests were the writer Alberto Moravia , opera singers, masters of orchestra and internationally acclaimed musicians as Karlheinz Stockhausen.
In 1964 it was housed in the palace Lamb the film crew of the film 'Seduced andAbandoned 'by Pietro Germi with Monica Vitti.
The Reserve of Torre Salsa
Between Siculiana Marina and Eraclea Minoa stretches unspoilt coastline, the Natural Reserve of Torre Salsa. The herbaceous and bushy vegetation that covers the environment, sometimes rough, sometimes gives access to the beautiful beach by narrow paths between the rocks. The sea is clear, the lush backdrops of flora and rich fauna.
Siculiana is located at an altitude of about 130m a.s.l. in the province of Agrigento. It nestle atop a hill not far from the African Sea that Baths the sandy beaches and jagged coast of the area.
Siculiana Marina is the seaside extension of Siculiana; it is a renowned
summer resort on the Sicily Channel, once an important stop for mediterranean ships.