Castella Spadafora and so much more!
Spadafora Travel Blog› entry 11 of 26 › view all entries
We set the Tom Tom and headed out of town for Spadafora. I had, unexpectedly found this on the map as I planned our route through
Anyway, back to the story at hand, next stop ��" Spadafora.
A little info; besides agricultural products such as grapes, olives, citrus fruit, cereals and vegetables, Spadafora bases its prosperity also upon fishing. It was part of one of five country-houses of feud of San Martino and was acquired by Federico Spadafora in 1459. The noble family has been in possession of it till 1737 when the noble Guttierez Spadafora, a component of the family, founded the village giving it his name.
At the town of
I yell to Rob to stop the car as I am about to jump out of the car at the sight. He parks on the square around the castella. We walk onto the lush palm tree lined square and find a statue of an angel with a wreath in her hand. I’m not sure what the statue is to commemorate as I can’t read Italian but, I’ll figure it out. We see a fountain with a shield with several family crests on it. I think that I recognize the one that is Spadafora. I’m getting really excited now. The castella is in a style reminiscent of ones that I have seen in
image left and one with no color at all. That’s such a shame to have lost the images forever.
We continue through the lower level and see more of the local art. Returning to the entry hall, the caretaker asks us to sign the register. I took this opportunity to try to share with him that part of my family heritage is Spat/dafora. I try to explain the connection and he understands my non-existent Italian and I make out his non-existent English. He seems excited. He shows me some information that I can take with me that has some history. He has another man show the second floor and out onto the balcony. First, Rob takes a picture of my with the shield of the Spadafora crest that shows the marriage to a Millazzo. In the history that we were given it tells about the famous architect, Camillo Camilliani, from
The opens the door to the balcony and there is a commanding view of the
We thank the man for his generous time and showing us around. He smiled and seemed happy so do.
We walked around the exterior and took some shots of the fantastic details.
Next, we walk across the street to the Chisea San Guiseppe. For a small church it has some exceptionally nice details. There is a beautifully painted dome and alcoves along the pews with statues with frescoes surrounding them. There is also a piece of religious art on the altar that would be right at home in a museum. They had Stations of the Cross crafted from copper, something that was a first for me. They are exceptional.
From here, I wanted to walk to the beach.
On our way walking back to the car, I noticed a crenulated tower and decided to investigate. Upon closer inspection, it was the Villa Cordaro , a grand house that has fallen into terrible disrepair. It was still rich with interesting details.
We also saw a strange poster for a Bizzaro avantgard circus coming to Spadafora. I had to photograph it. Also, some artist had painted beautiful scenes of the front stucco wall of the city’s sport center, just near the castella.
We were now a bit hungry and made a loop, walking the downtown area. We saw an old theatre along the way but, no food. The closest thing to food was a patiseria. We went in but, really wanted food even though the desserts looked tasty.
We just went back to the car. I had some nuts and fruit for us to eat that would be a better snack.
I had seen on the map that the kind man had given us that there was a cemetery, not too far away. I thought that maybe I could find some family there. We went up into the hills just south of Spadafora. We looked in four of the sections with no luck. The dates just didn’t go far enough back. I was looking for Pre 1900 death dates and finding more birthdates of just before 1900 to present. They must be somewhere else, something more for me to research. There was a really odd thing about the cemetery; it has a fantastic view of the coast.
We got back in the car and continued up the hills, which have seemed to become more of a mountain. The man at the castella told us of the
We wind our way up the mountain on a tiny road, luckily we met no one on the way as I don’t think anyone could pass and it was along way down on the outside! We reached a parking area and could see a clock tower above the buildings. We had found it but also a little community as well.
Around every corner there seemed to be the most interesting colors and items with fascinating texture. I just keep clicking my camera. I was in heaven.
Now it was time to head out. The clouds in the distance looked menacing and we had much driving to do. At this point,