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Castel di Tusa



In the province of Messina this regenerating resort village sits 25 km away from Cefalù. Soaring over the town,  the castle after which the  city was named  lies 600 m  above sea level.


What to See and Do


Castel di Tusa’s parent  village is discovered following the 9 km long road  going inland. Halaesa lies halfway between the  beach resort and the village. Halaesa dates back to the times the Greek occupied the area. They founded it in the 5th  century BC. For its high position it affords visitors a panoramic view of the scenic beauty and its sight reaches the Aeolian Islands on cloudless sunny days. The site’s first archaeological excavation was conducted  in the 50s and  then another excavation was carried out in the 70s. Unluckily no more archaeological research has been done in it. Today visitors can see  the remains of the agora ( the Greek marketplace)  and enormous rough  walls. The little  theatre, which, in the Antiquity, lay down the hill cannot be clearly outlined.

A project of monumental contemporary art sculptures was started years ago in Fiumara d’Arte (Picture 3). The project grew more and more, as renowned artists gave their enormous sculptures to the park. Meanwhile the project had to overcome several obstacles such as intricate legal action and even arrest. However, the contemporary art park surmounted these apparently insuperable obstacles and is today the biggest monumental park in Europe.


How to Get to/away


BY CAR: from Palermo: drive along  the A20 from Palermo- Messina  to Castelbuono. From there go along the SS113 Settentrionale Sicula Road to Castel di Tusa. From Catania: go along the A19 Catania – Palermo  to Buonfornello and then take the SS113 heading for  Messina.
BY PLANE: the Falcone-Borsellino airport at Palermo is the closest. From there get on the train.

BY TRAIN: from Palermo (length:1 ¼ hours),  Cefalù (length: 20 minutes) and Messina (length: about 2 ¾). Get on the Milan – Rome – Palermo line to Santo Stefano di Camastra where you have to change to a local train calling at  Castel di Tusa.