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Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Faranda House is an ancient building composed of two parts, dating respectively from 1571 and 1649.

The part from 1571 was built by rich Jewish merchant Joseph Pellizza, in what was the then flourishing city of Castroreale (a small village on the hills 400m high, between Cape Milazzo and the Gulf of Patti, in front of the Aeolian islands). In 1649 the Marquise Filippo Pellizzeri, who bought the house at an auction, added a new wing in order to extend the house. Since 1720 the house has been owned by the Faranda family, having been received as a dowry from Don Carmelo Faranda, forefather of the Faranda family from Castroreale.

During the centuries the structure of Faranda House has gone through some modifications, but these have not excessively deterred from its origins; however, most of the plaster work of the façade are from 1649 and in need of restoration, which is planned for spring 2015.

The interiors of Faranda House were completely restored in 2012, in a way that both maintains and recreates an atmosphere suspended in time. Natural materials have been used (wood, wax, organic resin, natural lime) in order to create a mix that combines aesthetics and practical functionality.

Faranda House is equipped with central heating and radiators. The bathrooms all have showers and the principal bathroom has both shower and bath.

Description of the rooms

There are 9 rooms, in two floors

First floor

Two reception rooms, one of which features the mouth of an ancient water tank (still operational), with an inscription on its architrave which states the completion date of the original house and the name of its founder, Joseph Pellizza.

A living room with antique furniture and a piano that is tuned every six months.

Three bedrooms named: Tuorlo, Tramonto and Cisterna (Yolk, Sunset and Cistern), all with en-suite bathrooms and two with the use of outside patios.

A wide external space with panoramic views from the East to the West.

Second floor

A spacious kitchen and dining area with a table that sits 8 people. The kitchen is equipped with magnetic induction stove tops, electric oven and dishwasher.

A room called the Scirocco room, used for music, yoga sessions and meditation.

The walls of all the rooms have a veneer of fine natural lime, and the bedrooms are polished with beeswax coming from beehives located on the slope of Mount Etna volcano; the floors are made of marble, decorative cement (from 1913) and natural resin in the bedrooms.

There is the opportunity to rent the rooms in the Co-House formula: guests can rent single rooms and then share the common areas (kitchen, terrace, living room).

Room Cisterna:

High season (July and August/ mid september and Easter week)) minimum 2 nights:

- Night € 70

- Week € 450

Low Season (Jan-April to May-October-November-December/ september) minimum 3 nights:

- Night € 60

- Week € 400

Room Tuorlo:

high season

- Night € 70

- Week € 450

low season:

- Night € 60

- Week € 400

Sunset room

High season:

- Night € 70

- Week € 450

low season:

- Night € 60

- Week € 400

Historical notes on Castroreale (Messina)

According to an ancient legend, the origins of Castroreale date back to many centuries BC, when a king named Artenomo, who came from the Middle East, founded a city that he called Artemisia in honour of his daughter, on the hills beside the actual site. Later Castroreo, Artemisia's husband, built a new settlement called Krastos that over time changed its name first to Crastina and then to Cristina or Crizzina, until the first decades of the XIV century.

The first sure piece of historical information was found on a paper dated 1324, in which King Federico III of Aragon ordered the reconstruction of a preexisting castle. The area that built up around the fortress took the name of Castro (from the Latin word castrum: castle, fortress) and later Castroreale (Royal Castro, being the favourite place of residence of the King Federico III of Aragon). It remained a stately town that during the centuries increased its importance, economical prosperity and territory, thanks to its strategic position within two systems, one of defence and one of connectivity.

Defensively it was behind the fortresses on the Tyrrhenian coast which protected the Plateau of Milazzo, and it was connected to the fortified centres on the Ionian side via the internal routes of the Peloritani Mountains, where in 265 B.C, King Gerone II of Syracuse defeated the Mamertines beside the Longano stream.

A large and active Jewish community contributed to the economy of the town until the end of the XV century, and a Moorish arch, part of the synagogue that was extended in 1487, is today visible behind the pawnbroker's building (Monte di Pietà).

Beside the Tower of Federico II is the last trace of the castle mentioned on the document of 1324. There are many religious buildings, amongst them: The Dome of Santa Maria Assunta, in Mannerist style with a Baroque touch, inside of which there are large paintings from the 1700's by local artists and marble statues from the 1500's made by Antonello Gagini, Andrea Calamech and others; inside the Dome, there is also a camera obscura sundial, one of the seven built in Sicily between 1801 and 1896 (the others are in Palermo, Messina, Acireale, Castiglione di Sicilia and Modica, all still working except the one in the Dome of Messina, which was destroyed by the earthquake on the 28th December 1908). The sundial was created in 1854 by the Professor of Ancient Literature Astronomy enthusiast Nicolò Perroni Basquez (1821 – 1873).

Worthy of mention is the Church of Candelora and the complex of churches Santa Marina and Sant'Agata. The Church of Candelora dates from the XIV century and has an ornate altar in carved wood, gilded with pure gold from the XVII century. The Church of Sant'Agata has a collection of marble statues of the Annunciation, exquisite work realized by Antonello Gagini in 1519 and some of the few actually signed by the artist. The church also contains the papier-mâché statue of the Holy Cross dating from the seventeenth century and the simulacrum of the Saint Crucifix in papier-mâché

from the XVII century. The image is part of the religious tradition of Cristo Lungo (Long Christ, or in Sicilian U Signuri Longu). It is mounted on a pole about 13 meters long which is then secured by a heavy rope and hoisted (by means of a complicated series of long poles fitted with hairpins handled by hairpin masters) onto a wooden cart, weighing around three tons, it is then transported by human effort through the narrow sloping streets of the town. The hoisted cross stands out against all the buildings except the bell tower of the church of Santissimo Salvatore and the Dome.

The simulacrum is carried in processions that occur three times a year: during the Holy Week and on the 23rd and 25th of August. This last date is the commemoration of the miracle of liberation of the town from cholera in the year 1854. The Civic Museum and the Art Gallery of Santa Maria degli Angeli keep an excellent collection of paintings, sculptures, and figurative arts that come from different churches.

What's Nearby:

Etna volcano

Nebrodi Park




Greek Theatre of Tindarys

Marine natural lakes of Marinello

Aeolian Islands

Capo Calavà

Lakes Cesaro

We give customers the opportunity, during their stay to follow (not included in the price of the stay):

Laboratory of Creative Dance, Dance Therapy, body awareness, for adults and children.

Laboratory of ensemble music, harmony and improvisation technique (in the house there are various musical instruments)

Private or collective lessons of Saxophone (instrument available in the house)

French Cooking class (French and Italian) for children and adults

Sicilian Cooking Classes

Hiking in Mountan Bike & Trekking

Book Photo of Paolo Galletta

Batik Workshop with Carla Siracusano

Workshops Art therapy with Clay for Adults and Children with Eleanor Bovo

Theater workshops with Domenico Cucinotta

Osteopathic Treatments and Kinesiology


Castroreale Jazz (July / August)

Festival of Cristo Lungo (23-25 ??August)

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Access Car essential
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace

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  • 1 Years listed

Calendar last updated:14 Jun 2014

Based in Italy

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Norwegian

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