Time Travelling in Donnafugata Castle

Castello di Donnafugata is a sumptuous palace located in the southeast of Sicily, 15 kilometers south of the city of Ragusa. The origins of the Donnafugata castle date back to the 14th century but most of its current aspect belongs to the 19th century. Visiting the castle was a 150-year journey back in time. Find out how the rich and powerful Sicilians of the time lived.

Donnafugata Castle, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
Donnafugata Castle
The large neo-Gothic facade
The left side of the castle seen from the same tower

Inside the Castle

The castle is divided over three floors, with over 120 rooms of which twenty are now accessible to visitors. The rooms still contain furnishings and original period furniture.

The Monumental Staircase
The Coats-of-Arms Room
The Music Room with beautiful trompe-l’œil paintings
The Blue Bedroom
The Billiard Room

The Park

Around the castle there is a large and monumental 8 hectare park. Among other things, there are a Coffee House, a small temple and a maze.

Donnafugata Castle, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
The stairway to the park
Donnafugata Castle, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
The backside of the castle
Coffee House, Donnafugata Castle, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
In the large park the Coffee House was the place to entertain guests


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7 replies on “Time Travelling in Donnafugata Castle”

Hi Antonio, I only have been once in Sicily, but watching your great photos I want to return
Take care and keep healthy, best wishes

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