Sant’Angelo Castle and Falconara Castle have different histories. They are located one on a hill and one on the sea, but they are not far apart, about 20 minutes by car.

The Castle of Sant’Angelo

Castle of Sant'Angelo - Licata
Castle of Sant'Angelo - Licata
Davide Mauro , CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Panorama from the castle of Sant'Angelo - Licata
Davide Mauro , CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Panorama from the Castle of Sant'Angelo - Licata
Panorama from the Castle of Sant'Angelo - Licata

The castle is located in Licata, on a hill with a beautiful view over the city, the sea and the surrounding hills . To get there you can leave your car near the municipal cemetery and then walk along the fascinating path . Nearby there are also excavations that are bringing to light the Roman villas. Free entry. Hours: Mon-Fri 08:30 – 19:30. Times and fares may change .

The Falconara castle

Falconara Castle, Butera, Sicily
Source: http://www.castellodifalconara.it/
Falconara Castle, Butera Sicily,
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The Falconara castle is located in the municipality of Butera and has a long history, as does the stretch of beach it overlooks. It was built and expanded at different times, the original structure was the tower (of uncertain date, but certainly built not after the 9th century) in which falcons were also trained for hunting, hence the name.

The castle had a defense function and as mentioned it was modified and enlarged over the centuries and around 1800 new buildings were created, in which the nobility of the time resided . Today the castle is privately owned and is used as a hotel and as a ceremonial hall. You can still admire it from the beach and spend a day by the sea on this fascinating stretch of coast, with the castle in the background.

Top secret tip: By swimming towards the back of the castle you will arrive at another very pretty beach, where you will have another beautiful perspective of the castle.

Falconara Castle, Butera, Sicily
Castle seen from another perspective – Source: http://www.castellodifalconara.it/
Falconara Castle, Butera, Sicily
Source: http://www.castellodifalconara.it/

Where to eat

Between the two castles there is a good restaurant, where you can eat typical dishes of the Sicilian peasant culture, the restaurant “Senza funnu”. The name in Italian means “Bottomless”, thus alluding to the quantity of food.

Activities loved by tourists in the surrounding area or in Sicily in general

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Typical dishes of the area

Here you find the typical products of the province of Agrigento , here instead i typical Sicilian dishes.

What to see in the surroundings

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