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view of Castel di Tusa from mountain

Mediterranean Vacation

Castel Di Tusa

One of Sicily's many secrets

CASTEL DI TUSA is the perfect destination for an extended vacation in Sicily and for exploring the intriguing history and unique culture of the largest island in the greater Mediterranean Sea. Best time to visit the island is in the Fall and Spring. You can use the destination as home base for exploring and savoring the history, culture, traditions, natural surroundings, and unmatched cuisine.

Located approximately 60 miles East of Palermo and 90 miles West of Messina, on the North side of the island, facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, Castel di Tusa is a small village of 1,000 inhabitants. Its scenic beauty and landscape are unmistakably Mediterranean.

More about Castel Di Tusa

Cuisine | Information | Daytrips | History

dish of mussels in pasta

Cuisine

The island is blessed with a superb cuisine, the product of centuries of experimentation and external influences. In season, fried peppers, pickled artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, tuna, assorted olives, calamari and octopus salad, zucchini, and eggplant (fried, pickled, stuffed) dominate the antipasto table. Unique to Sicily, are several pasta dishes: pasta with fresh sardines and wild fennel, pasta with cauliflower and pasta with squid ink sauce are a few examples... [more]

sunset in Castel di Tusa

Weather, Getting There, Information

Sicily enjoys the Mediterranean climate, hot and humid during the summer, mild and drier during fall and spring (in the 70-80 range), and on the chilly side during the winter months.

There are daily flights to and from the Italian Peninsula, Germany, and Great Britain to the island’s three main airports. Palermo’s Punta Raisi airport... [more]

sea urchins in boxes on table fresh from sea

Day Trips

Day trips can be made to historical Greco-Roman ruins in Tyndaris, Taormina, Segesta, Selinunte, Piazza Armerina, Syracuse, and Agrigento.

Day trips, from nearby Cefalù and Milazzo, to the nearby volcanic Aeolian Islands... [more]

rock formation at seashore at Castel di Tusa

A Brief History of Sicily

People have lived on the island as far back as 10,000 years B.C.

The Sicanis, from the Iberian Peninsula, arrived in Sicily about 4,000 B.C., and settled primarily on the central and western parts of the island. The Sikels followed...[more]

The historic town of Cefalú is a mere 15 miles to the West, and one of the two ceramic capitals of Sicily, Santo Stefano di Camastra, a mere 10 miles to the East. Train and bus service connect Castel di Tusa to both.

The ruins of the ancient city of Halesa (founded circa 375 BC) by the Elymnian Greeks are buried three miles up the hilltop. the deep blue waters of the sea on a rocky stretch of coastline Elymnians were rumored to be refugees from the ancient Asia Minor city of Troy, made famous in Homer’s Iliad. The main medieval town of Tusa, founded in 1085 AD, is crested on a hill approximately 1,850 feet (631 meters) above sea level.

An Affordable Vacation

For the visitor interested in spending one or more months during Autumn and Spring, several fully equipped apartments are available. Rental fees range from US$500 to $750 per month for a couple, and US$750 to $1,000 for up to four people. Year-around leases can also be had for US$5,000 to $7,500 depending on occupancy. Local taxes and fees may apply.

Bed and breakfast inns, a bit more expensive, are also available; some are nestled in the nearby countryside, offering spectacular views and the solitude of a farming environment.

Beautiful slideshow of Sicily featuring the music of Pino Daniele

 

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