Built in the Norman period, on a steep rocky outcrop, this work of the Chiaramonte family is undoubtedly one of the Island most important, charming and best preserved feudal manors, besides being the biggest.
The events involving it since 1094 are an intense page of Sicilian history. In fact, it was the retreat of Matteo Bonello and the conspirators of the 1160-61 revolt of the barons, confiscated by the Crown, expanded in 1300 by Manfredi I Chiaramonte, further fortified at the end of the century by Giaimo de Prades who had the Dammuso Tower built in the middle of the southern facade and, in the end, it was changed into a palace by the Amato’s in the XVIII century. Amongst other things, inside you can admire the stables, theatre hall, gatehouses, chapel, master tower, servants’ quarters, the prisons with their walls full of graffiti, the Hall of the Conspiracy and the noteworthy Hall of the Armoury with its massive armour.
You have a splendid view from the western terrace, overhanging the valley. It includes the Rosamarina Dam and extends to the Rocca Basumbra.