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President Park Hotel
President Park Hotel

Via Vampolieri, 49, Aci Castello 95021

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3.8 out of 5 (182 reviews)

Situated in Aci Castello, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lachea Island and Norman Castle. Casa del Nespolo …

£39
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 (455 reviews)

Located in Cannizzaro, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Norman Castle, Lungomare di Ognina, and Lachea Island. Casa de …

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Four Points by Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center
Four Points by Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center

Via Antonello Da Messina, 45, Aci Castello 95021

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3.8 out of 5 (228 reviews)

This family-friendly Aci Castello hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Norman Castle, Lungomare di Ognina and …

£61
Albergo Lachea
Albergo Lachea

Via Cardinale Dusmet 4, Aci Castello 95026

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4.2 out of 5 (55 reviews)

Located in Aci Trezza, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Casa del Nespolo Museum and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Norman Castle. …

£46
B&B Stella Marina
B&B Stella Marina

Via Litteri 48, Aci Castello 95021

2.5 out of 5 (6 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 …

£35
Frasteva Resort
Frasteva Resort

Via Fontana 10, Valverde 95028

Situated in Valverde, this apartment is 2 mi (3.2 km) from I Portali Shopping Centre and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Norman Castle. …

£77
Casa sul mare
Casa sul mare

Via villini a mare, 10, Catania 95126

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3 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Lungomare di Ognina and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Norman Castle. …

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UNA Hotel Palace
UNA Hotel Palace

Via Etnea 218, Catania 95131

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4.5 out of 5 (557 reviews)

Located in the heart of Catania, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Giardino Bellini, Catania Cathedral, and Elephant …

£101
Baia di Ognina
Baia di Ognina

Via Messina, 608, CATANIA 95126

5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Catania bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lungomare di Ognina, Massimo Bellini Theater, and …

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Ares Hotel
Ares Hotel

Via Carducci 30, San Giovanni la Punta 95037

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3.5 out of 5 (103 reviews)

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Agricola Gambino, I Portali Shopping Centre, and Leucati …

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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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