historic centre of Castrì there are several ‘case a corte’. Guarino Palace was
built in the 17th
has a finely decorated portal with an elegant loggia. Other important palaces
are Doria Palace (17th century), Gargasole Palace and Barbano Palace
both dating to the 18th century. The most important church is the
Mother Church and is dedicated to St Mary of the Visitation. It dates to the 18th
century and was built on a pre-existing church of the 16th century.
The façade has a beautiful portal with refined decorations. The Chapel of Our
Lady of the Light dates to the 16th century and looks very simple.
The Church of Our Lady of the Graces was built at the beginnings of the 17th
century. The building is simple and elegant. It opens only once a year for the
celebration of the Virgin. The beautiful Church of St Vito dates to 1734. It has
some interesting Baroque decorations by Vincenzo Carrozzo and Francesco Palma.
The façade has a beautiful portal, inside there are beautiful altars and refined
paintings. The Altar of the Rosary dates to the 18th century and the
painting with Our Lady of the Rosary was
probably made by Donato Antonio D’Orlando. The lands around Castrì are mainly
vineyards and olive groves. Those two trees are so
common to be represented on the coat-of-arms. In Castrì there are many old dark
underground oil mills. Outside the urban area there are also the rests of some
fortified farms. Castrì has two patron saints: Our Lady of the Visitation is
celebrated on July 2nd and St Vito celebrated on June 15th.
of the people of Castrì is “cuccuiu” that sounds like the cry of the owl. They
are told to
touchy and irritable like this animal. The legend says
that a person from Calimera bet with his friends that he would go to the mayor
of Castrì and tell him ‘cuccuiu’ thrice. His friends thought he was joking,
because nobody would dare doing it but that young man went to the mayor of
Castrì, he actually insulted him thrice then run away faster than the wind.