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Castroreale

Castroreale

A look at Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

Castroreale
Archivio Comune Castroreale

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.

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

2 February, the Candlemas Festival

The ancient celebration of the purification of candles, its origin, its proverbs and the villages where to live it

Next or present Events

  • San Silvestro
    31-12-2018
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2018-12-31 2018-12-31 Europe/Rome San Silvestro Castroreale

  • Feast of Candelora
    02-02-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-02-02 2019-02-02 Europe/Rome Feast of Candelora The feast of the Purification of Mary occupies all the morning, until shortly after noon, with the blessing to the return of the procession. Castroreale

    The feast of the Purification of Mary occupies all the morning, until shortly after noon, with the blessing to the return of the procession.

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  • Procession of Christ
    19-04-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-19 2019-04-19 Europe/Rome Procession of Christ Easter rites with the procession of the Christ along accompanied by the passion of the Wednesday and the Good Friday. The procession goes back to the sec. XVI Castroreale

    Easter rites with the procession of the Christ along accompanied by the passion of the Wednesday and the Good Friday. The procession goes back to the sec. XVI

  • Feast of Jesus and Mary
    28-04-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-28 2019-04-28 Europe/Rome Feast of Jesus and Mary Procession with the Brotherhood of Jesus and Mary Castroreale

    Procession with the Brotherhood of Jesus and Mary

  • Feast of Assunta
    15-08-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-08-15 2019-08-15 Europe/Rome Feast of Assunta Procession of the Vara della Madonna assunta patron of the Arcipretura Castroreale

    Procession of the Vara della Madonna assunta patron of the Arcipretura

  • Feast of "Christ Long"
    From 23-08-2019
    To 25-08-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-08-23 2019-08-25 Europe/Rome Feast of "Christ Long" It is the main festival in honor of the SS. Crucifix to which is attributed the miraculous liberation of the city from cholera in 1854. Castroreale

    It is the main festival in honor of the SS. Crucifix to which is attributed the miraculous liberation of the city from cholera in 1854.

Past Events

  • The Romantic Night
    23-06-2018
    Festival

  • Trio Bobo
    28-07-2018
    Trio Bobo
    Concerts

  • Castroreale Milazzo Jazz Festival 2018
    From 01-08-2018
    To 11-08-2018
    Castroreale Milazzo Jazz Festival 2018
    Concerts

Other Events

  • June - Corpus Domini flower festival. The previous night are arranged all along Corso Umberto I the floral paintings, depicting images linked to’religious event and places and monuments of the village.
  • early August - Castroreale Jazz. Review of jazz music in the evocative setting of Piazza Peculio, behind the arc of the Synagogue and in front of the sixteenth-century bell tower of the Church of SS. The savior. 
  • Second half of August - Castriciano Biscuit Festival. Distribution of biscuits dunked in granita lemon. This is the most ancient feast of the village.
  • Sagra della Ricotta in the locality of Bafia, with tasting of dishes and cakes made with ricotta.
  • Wild Boar Festival, with tasting of dishes based on wild boar and pork sausages.
  • December-january - Living Manger and Pasturato (re-enactment of the visit of the pastors to the cave with the recitation of ancient strofette in dialect).
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