Castello di Villagonia

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Castello di Villagonia
Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Coordinates37°50′43.92″N 15°16′57.07″E / 37.8455333°N 15.2825194°E / 37.8455333; 15.2825194
Typecastle
Site history
Built byDe Spucches family
FateDemolished, 1913

The Castello di Villagonia was a castle near the seashore of Taormina, Sicily. It was built in the Middle Ages by the De Spucches noble family.[1] In the early 16th century, the castle was integrated into the Capo Schisò defensive system to defend the area from raids by the Barbary pirates.

The castle eventually became the property of the San Martino family. The castle was expropriated in 1913 from last owners, Giuseppe San Martino and his wife. It was subsequently demolished to make way for the Taormina-Giardini station of the Messina-Catania railway.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Francesco San Martino De Spuches". martinez-tagliavia.com (in Italian). Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  2. ^ "La marina di Villagonia e la Stazione di Taormina-Giardini". blogtaormina.it (in Italian). Retrieved 22 August 2015.