Castello di Falconara
A medieval castle with pool
overlooking the sea
It’s hard to imagine a more stunning location for a holiday or party than this evocative medieval castle dramatically clamped to a rocky crag dominating one of the most splendid beaches on Sicily’s south coast. Dating back to the 14th century, the Castle of Falconara has been improved and altered over the centuries to keep it in step with the times. It is is now an extremely comfortable — and practical — luxury home, suffused with historic atmosphere and aristocratic finesse
The castle is surrounded by a magnificent park full of palm trees, aromatic, rare and historic plants (many of which are normally to be found only in botanic gardens) and has a fantastic swimming pool, as well as direct access to the seathrough an ancient flight of steps carved into a tunnel in the natural tufa.
The castle is set on two levels connected by a grand staircase. On the top floor is a recently constructed and very comfortable apartment comprising a large living room, kitchen, terrace and 7 bedrooms (six doubles and one twin) each with private bathroom.
On the piano nobile is a typical Baroque “enfilade” of grande reception rooms culminating in the Blue Room, two dining rooms, a guest bathroom and two bedrooms (one double and one single) accessed up a small staircase. A sweeping terrace runs alongside the numerous reception rooms.
A second staircase leads down to more bedrooms (five doubles, one twin and a single). All the bedrooms have views of the sea.
The two levels are absolutely independent, sharing only access to the grand reception rooms, the beach and the swimming pool.
On request, and according to availability, they can be booked separately. Two of the bedrooms on the upper level have an quirky bathroom created inside a large wardrobe — ideal for children!
For an extra fee guests can use the spa facilities and tennis courts of the adjacent hotel, Falconara Resort.
6 double bedrooms (of which 3 can be converted into twins)
1 twin bedroom
All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms
Large reception/dining room
6 reception rooms
2 dining rooms, one big and one small
suite consisting of two bedrooms (one double and one single) with ensuite bathroom and little living room
5 double bedrooms
2 twin bedrooms
1 single bedroom
One of the single bedrooms has a bathroom outside the room, while one two twins have a little bathroom created inside a wardrobe.
The amazing views. Swimming in the pool — it looks like a lake, and so is in perfect harmony with the setting.
Being able to laze on the sun terrace, and then run straight down the steps to the beach to dive into the sea.
The experience of living, not merely in a castle by the sea, but in a castle suffused with all the sumptuousness and excess of the Bourbon aristocracy.
The short drive into Licata for dinner at Madia, one of the finest restaurants in Italy.
Visiting the temples of Agrigento.
This huge castle is obviously best suited to large groups who want a holiday in which they can combine lazing on the beach and enjoying the castle grounds with day trips to sites such as Agrigento, Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina.