Castello Vecchio or the Perollo family
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Castello Vecchio or the Perollo family

In correspondence with the current courtyards Chiodi - Cortile Pirro - Cortile Carini. Property bound pursuant to law 364/1909 (Notification of 01.04.1931)


Il Old Castle it was built around 1087, the year in which the Normans arrived in Sciacca. He passed to the Perollo with the marriage of Norman Juliet, widowed by her cousin Roberto Zamparrone of Basseville, and this family will remain until its destruction, carried out by the partisans of Sigismund Luna in 1529, during the famous "Case of Sciacca"(Which we will talk about later). The castle remained of a royal character until the Angevin reign, and then passed to the family Perollo with the Aragonese kings.

Built on the south-eastern side of the city, it once occupied the area of ​​the present courtyards Nails, Rizza, Carini, extending between Bathroom doorMonastery of St. Catherine e St. Peter's Gate. Irregular in shape and arranged "in courts", Had a separate enclosure adjacent to the one constituted by the city walls and occupied a prominent point, capable of dominating the coast and constituting a defense point of the area of ​​the loader granary.


The layout of the walls of the castle identifies a large wall of irregular shape, within which courtyards must have opened; there were three entrances: the main one, with the tower of the "Quince”, Opened near the Bathroom door; another saying of St. Peter's Gate; the third opened to the east, outside the city walls. There must have been secret passages that allowed them to sneak out of the city.

The keep, or main tower, was that of San Nicolò; in addition to the tower of the Quince, at the corners there must have been other quadrangular towers with battlements. In that period the only bastion of the city was his, the one called di Saint Peter; the others are traced back to the time of Charles V.

Before its destruction, due to the facts leading back to the Case of Sciacca built in 1529, the castle was equipped with seven pieces of artillery, including bombards and petriers, and had defense and offense tools.

Underground were the cellars and pantries, while the oven and kitchen had to be kept separate for fear of fires. The stables, the armory, the garrison barracks and the Church of San Pietro in Castro.

In more recent times the castle remained uninhabited and dilapidated for a long time due to the earthquake of 1727, whose breakdowns worsened with that of 1740. Today nothing remains of it, apart from the entrance portal with the marble coat of arms of the Perollo. " (Text source:

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Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

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