Castiglione di Sicilia is located on a hill at the north end of Mount Etna. It’s right in the middle a valley that runs between Randazzo & Taormina. This valley was carved by Alcantara River.
It is the archetype for a hilltop village with small houses perched on the slopes.
It was 1092 when Ruggero II ( Rod I) made the first concrete evidence of its urbanization. In one document, he called it “Castrileonis“, meaning: Castle of the Lion.
The square is the heart of a town, and so it is for Piazza Lauria Castiglione. This beautiful square is paved with lava stones and it is where the auster Town Hall stands. It was here that people used to keep their Peculio (maincity wheat deposit) as a source of sustenance during times of food shortage.