original name of the town was Mola, meaning the millstone. This name was kept
until 1862, when it was change with current denomination. The town was founded
by the Siculians in the 8th century BC and destroyed by Dionisio I of Siracusa
in 392 BC. In 350 BC it was rebuilt by Andromaco, the historian Timeo's father.
It was conquered by the Romans, in 902 AD by the Arabs and in 1078 by the
It was owned by many different lords: Tommaso Marullo, Marquis of Condagosta,
Placido Castello, Prince of Parco, Alvaro Villadicane, who in 1756 entitled
Castelmola as a principality. In 1860 its citizens voted for the annexation to
Italy. From 1928 to 1947 it was part of Taormina and later it became an
autonomous municipality. Among the most important monuments we mention the ruins
of the castle (16th century), the church of S. Giorgio built in the 17th century
and the parochial church built in the 16th century and rebuilt in 1935.
Castelmola in Sicily Italy is a beautiful
village perched almost precariously above Taormina. The lovely hamlet is
considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Warm friendly people and
spectacular panoramas characterize the village. Castelmola offers a balcony over
Taormina and the bay of Giardini Naxos and is framed by the mysterious and
beautiful active volcano, Mount Etna.
Its narrow winding streets and Olde world charm make Castelmola a destination
for anyone wishing to experience the enchanting beauty of Sicily from one of its
most spectacular villages. Enjoy a refreshing glass of Vino di Mandorla (Almond
Wine) at Bar Turrisi and be delighted by its unique decor and friendly staff,
its definitely worth the visit. When you go be sure to say 'Ciao' to Massimo and
Carlo Turrisi. Come and visit Castelmola soon!!