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Grand Hotel Baia Verde
Grand Hotel Baia Verde

Via Angelo Musco, 8/10, Aci Castello 95021

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4.1 out of 5 (411 reviews)

Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Norman Castle, Lachea Island, and Casa del Nespolo Museum …

£97
Grand Hotel Faraglioni
Grand Hotel Faraglioni

Lungomare dei Ciclopi, 115, Aci Castello

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3.9 out of 5 (132 reviews)

Located in Aci Trezza, this beach hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Lachea Island and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Norman Castle. Casa de …

£65
Oasis
Oasis

Via Gondar 43, Aci Castello 95021

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2.3 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Located in Aci Trezza, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lachea Island and Norman Castle. Casa del Nespolo Museum …

£51
B&B Stella Marina
B&B Stella Marina

Via Litteri 48, Aci Castello 95021

4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Aci Trezza, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Casa del Nespolo Museum and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Norman …

£43
Plaza Hotel Catania
Plaza Hotel Catania

Viale Ruggero Lauria 43, Catania 95127

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4 out of 5 (39 reviews)

Located in the heart of Catania, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Historical Museum of the Landing in Sicily 1943 and withi …

£77
Hotel Ognina Catania
Hotel Ognina Catania

Via Messina 628, Catania 95126

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3.7 out of 5 (128 reviews)

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Le Ciminiere Fairs and Convention Center, Massimo Bellini …

£46
La Scogliera di Ulisse
La Scogliera di Ulisse

Via Villini Al Mare, 9, Catania

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Historical Museum of the Landing in Sicily 1943, Norman …

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Villa del Bosco & VdB Next Hotel and Event Living
Villa del Bosco & VdB Next Hotel and Event Living

Via del Bosco 62, Catania 95125

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3.9 out of 5 (253 reviews)

This family-friendly Catania hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Gioeni Park and Leucatia …

£65
Hotel Royal
Hotel Royal

Via A. Di Sangiuliano, 337, Catania 95124

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4.2 out of 5 (395 reviews)

Situated in Catania, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of San Giuliano, Greek-Roman Theatre, and …

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Venere B&B
Venere B&B

Via del Rotolo, 44/46, Catania 95126

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4 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Situated in Catania, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Historical Museum of the Landing in Sicily 1943, Massimo …

£57
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Pocket Guide: Aci Castello Norman Castle Hotels

The Norman Castle of Aci Castello is one of the most dramatic sights along this part of the Ionian Sea Coast. It’s easy to visit and spend a day mooching around both the castle and Aci Castello, less than seven miles from Catania.

The Story of the Norman Castle

In the early part of the 11th Century, the Normans built this imposing castle on the remains of a seventh-century fort. Sitting on a high ridge of lava, the castle holds a commanding position over the Ionian Sea. When it was built, it was sitting on a lava promontory surrounded by water, but a lava flow in 1169 joined the promontory to the mainland.

As with many castles in the region, it was home to royals and had a military purpose, as well as serving as a prison. Nowadays the castle is home to the Museo Civico, which has archaeological and paleontological collections.

Visiting the Norman Castle

The castle’s collections not only contain archaeological treasures but also explore the role in the castle’s history of both the sea and Mount Etna’s lava. One of the most popular parts of the castle to discover is the botanical garden, which alone is worth the small entry fee. From the castle grounds, you’re treated to wonderful views of the village of Aci Castello as well as of the coast.

Where to Stay near the Norman Castle

In Aci Castello itself, you can choose from an intimate, family-run B&B on the outskirts of the village, or perhaps an apartment in the centre and within a short walk of the Norman Castle. There are also modern resorts with extensive facilities and outdoor pools. You could choose to stay in a beachfront hotel and enjoy sea views from your balcony. The neighbouring village of Aci Trezza has an attractive range of accommodation, including hotels close to the village beach and its small harbour. There’s also the option to stay in Catania, which is served by a bus to Aci Castello, and has a broad selection of hotels to choose from.

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