Baronial rooms and the ingrotted

Historical sites

This part of the castle was used as a dwelling at the end of the sixteenth century, by the Natoli family, which formally sanctioned the birth of Sperlinga as a town, thanks to the licentia populandi obtained by Giovanni Forte Natoli. From here you can access the hijacked, used for a long time as warehouses. However, their origin is linked to the religious cults that took place at the site. The cave called “dell’orologio” shows a series of twelve votive niches that, according to recent studies of archeoastronomy, would be linked to the solar cult: the summit hole in fact intercepts sunlight directing it into the twelve niches. The phenomenon is no longer visible, due to the subsequent construction of the rooms of the Norman castle.

Leaving the church, you can enter an adjacent environment that was supposed to be a place used as a kitchen, in fact you can see the remains of two traditional ovens with terracotta bricks and wood and coal kitchens. Continuing we arrive in environments, quite capacious, which had to be the homes of the castellans and the offices of the Captain, the Governor and other offices that supervised and managed the entire “State of Sperlinga” quite large and profitable, consisting of 11 fiefs for about 60 square kilometers. In the west part of the castle almost the entire building part, today no longer exists because in 1914 it was demolished by the owners of the time because it was dilapidated. These rooms consisting of 3 rooms and a fourth non-usable are used for exhibitions of photos related to the castle and its territory. From a small door you can access the terrace above and enjoy a beautiful view. To the south you can see the Bosco di Sperlinga, a rare example of natural forest, with oak groves of about 600 hectares, on which, until 1825, the Civic Uses of the local inhabitants were linked.
From the first room, through a staircase you enter the hypogea below, consisting of five rooms, with a concave decking, except in the first and last. The first room of circular shape has in the wall six copies of niches, the distance between one copy and the next increases clockwise. Probably in times before the Normans it was a solar clock whose rays of the sun could enter from an opening in the upper part, when the manufactured portion did not yet exist.
The other rooms, excluding residential use, were warehouses for grains and provisions; interesting a small canal in the fourth room that connects it with an environment several meters below, outside the castle itself, where there was to be an animal traction mill.

The castle became municipal property in 1973 when the legitimate owners donated it to the Municipality of Sperlinga, with a deed of sale for the symbolic sum of one thousand lire. Since then, all the municipal administrations that have succeeded each other have obtained regional funds to make it accessible to the many visitors who have been going to Sperlinga for over forty years.
The square in front of the castle is the site where important tourist events take place, in particular the Tortone Festival and the Lady of the Castles of Sicily both fall every year on August 16th in the pre-pandemic era.

The Valle district

At the foot of the castle, in the west of the village, stands the nucleus of the medieval village of the village: the Valle district. In it were collected the houses and shops that found space within the walls.

A poem by Stefano Vespo dedicated to the castle, taken from the collection Il sorriso della chiusa mandorla, finalist collection of the Città di Marineo 2020 award.

La roccia (The rock)

Chiara e inconcepibile
grava sulla vita di queste case.

I segni erosi di civiltà febbrili
confondono guerre e conquiste
con acqua e sabbia.

Fossili colonne vertebrali,
pallidi licheni increspati
sopra il suo altare,
levigato come una guancia
dall’aria.

Sul suo dorso
i gradinini si cancellano
la sua lingua scivola
nel balbettio selvaggio.

Appena il brusio ne ricordano
lontanissimi boschi.
(Stefano Vespo, Il sorriso della chiusa mandorla, ed. La Vita Felice, Milano, 2020)

Historic Places

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The Castle

The Castle

The rock site of Sperlinga Castle reveals traces of an important place of worship dating back to the Bronze Age.

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