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.
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. 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.
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.
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