The Castle of Calatabiano is a must visit if you are in Taormina area. It is just couple of minutes from Giardini-Naxos. You can also bike here the countryside roads. The castle has most remains from Arab-Norman era on top of a hill of 220 m.a.s.l. The castle has been in so many owners hand so no one can exactly say when it was built. What is known is that the castle got destroyed in the beginning or year 800 when Arabs conquered Sicily and was destroyed again during the worst earthquake in Sicily’s history, 1693. There are signs from the Greek era with the arch, a small temple and terracotta vases. The Romans has left bricks. What is interesting for us Scandinavians is that a Viking guard grave has also been found here and signs of Swedish domination.

The owner today is the Acireale’s church and thank to them this site was restored. Today you can visit the castle with a cable car. They have a nice bar, the present management organizes events like wine tasting and dinners. 23 st July 2009 the castle opened to the public. The view from here is spectacular.? — More photos after the Swedish text —

Svenska

Slottet i Calatabiano ?r ett m?ste om du ?r i Taormina-omr?det. Det ligger bara n?gra minuter fr?n Giardini-Naxos. Du kan ocks? cykla hit p? landsbygdsv?garna. Slottet har mest sp?r fr?n den arabisk-normankiska eran, ligger p? toppen av en kulle 220 m.?.h. Slottet har varit i s? m?nga ?gares hand att ingen kan exakt s?ga n?r den byggdes. Det som ?r k?nt ?r att slottet blev f?rst?rt i b?rjan av ?r 800 n?r araberna er?vrade Sicilien och f?rst?rdes igen under den v?rsta jordb?vningen i Siciliens historia 1693. Det finns tecken fr?n den grekiska eran med b?ge, ett litet tempel och terrakottavaser . Romarna har l?mnat tegelstenar. Vad som ?r intressant f?r oss skandinaver ?r att en Vikingvaktgrav ocks? har hittats h?r och tecken p? svensk dominans.

?garen idag ?r Acireales kyrka och tack vare dem restaurerades denna plats. Idag kan du bes?ka slottet med en linbana. De har en trevlig bar, den nuvarande ledningen organiserar evenemang som t.ex. vinprovning och middagar. 23 juli 2009 ?ppnades slottet f?r allm?nheten. Utsikten h?rifr?n ?r spektakul?r.