lies at 18m a.s.l. in the province of Caltanissetta. The city is
one of naturalistic interest, home to a natural park on the seaside,
the areas of the Desusino Mount – where is an indigenous,
later Hellenized settlement – and the Salso or lower Imera
river, Sicily’s second river. Its castle is most renowned.
Castle of Falconara – Alongside a picturesque and
beautiful millstone, atop a rocky promontory dominating the sea,
rises the Castello di Falconara. Its construction dates from different
epochs. A square tower, where the Lords of the castle used to breed
falcons – hence the castle’s name – is all that
remains of the original structure.
origins are much uncertain. The earliest records hold that King
Martin of Aragon granted the castle to Ugone di Santapau –
a descendant of the aristocratic Adamaras – for having supported
him against adverse groups, and that in 1540 it passed to Ambrogio
di Santapau, later become the Prince of Butera. Various owners were
to succeed in the the following centuries, until, in 1800, it was
acquired by the Count Wilding, a German officer and, at his death,
inherited by his brother Ernesto who during the 1848 disorders preferred
to return to his country selling the castle to the Baron Antonio
Chiaramonte Bordonaro, the direct ancestor of its current proprietor
Roberto Chiaramonte Bordonaro.
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