Castroreale is a small town in the Tyrrhenian area of Messina. It was the second village after Gradara on the podium for Borgo dei Borghi 2018.
Most of Sicilians appreciated and voted the beauties of Castroreale with its history and architectural wonders. In this medieval village time seems to have stopped, but it is always enriched by important cultural and traditional events such as the exhibition I Colori del maestro Dimitri by the world famous artist Dimitri Salonia, who added artistic value and had considerable success.
First the town took the name of Castro and then Castroreale, from this moment began to increase and affirm its importance by playing a fundamental role within the fortification system of north-eastern Sicily.
Castroreale was also the centre of a large and active Jewish community; in fact, a suggestive arch remains today. Despite the several earthquakes that have occurred over the years, there are seven churches, among them the fascinating Cathedral with the enchanting bell tower stands out.
Moreover, extraordinary landscapes allow you to admire from the sea to the mountains; while you are walking in the alleys suddenly unexpected views open up with ancient portals, balconies, churches and panoramic terraces.
Castroreale boasts also some unique places such as the Motorcycle Museum and a Planetarium.
Finally, this village has maintained ancient traditional recipes handed down over the generations, for instance the typical dessert is the black rice.