Il Castello di Solanto

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The Castello di Solanto was originally built during the Norman era. Its position in Bagheria along the sea has made it a desirable location for aristocratic Sicilian families who made it their residence over the centuries. The name Solanto is a corruption of Solunto, the ancient Phoenician city upon Mount Catalfano from where this photo was taken. The castle was transformed from a fortification to an elegant residence in the 18th century. The property also the site of an ancient tonnara–a fishing business that uses a maze of nets to capture bluefin tuna and then, slaughters and prepares the bounty for sale at market. Today the Castello di Solanto is a magnificent reception space. You can see photos of its inside at http://ilcastellodisolanto.it./

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