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Il Castello di Nelson

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Address: Corso Giorgio Maniace / Via Taormina | Maniace, 95030 Maniace, Sicily, Italy

Castle bequeathed to Nelson, but lived in only by his heirs.

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An average property, but an extraordinary story

A grateful King Ferdinand created Horatio Nelson Duke of Bronte in 1799 and gave him a feudal estate of some 15,000 acres a few miles away at Maniace. Nelson never visited before... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

A grateful King Ferdinand created Horatio Nelson Duke of Bronte in 1799 and gave him a feudal estate of some 15,000 acres a few miles away at Maniace. Nelson never visited before his death at Trafalgar in 1805 nor did his heir and brother William. However his daughter Charlotte married into another famous naval family, the Hoods and she started... More 

Thank Minackman
MAlta europe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

If you around maniace visit lord nelson's castle. Take a short tour inside and walk through the gardens. There is also a kids park were to relax and spend some recreational time

Thank dandela
Gharghur, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The typical English setting of the garden and surrounding land makes for a quiet spot to sit and relax. the castle itself is well worth a visit.

Thank cm5966
Porto, Portugal
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Nice site but not worth the entrance! You only see it from the outside.... where cars also are parked... It was just disappointing.

Thank Toni H
St. Petersburg, Russia
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

An interesting and quiet place off the beaten track. If you are around mount Etna it's worth your visit. The place is just beautiful! We got a breaf information sheet at the entrance and were free to visit the house on our own. With no one around - nor tourists neither museum personnel - it feels like you own this... More 

Thank Anastasia V
Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Visting Bronte with a literary group, we thought of skipping this and just stopping for pistachios somewhere. Glad we didn't since the "Castle" and the gardens were a highlight of the day. Plus we happened upon a slow food convention and got to taste Pistachios and more in the courtyard. The countryside nearby, with dramatic views of Etna, green fields... More 

1 Thank TGRinRome
Catania, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Very beautiful corner at the NW foot of Mt. Etna. Nice woods around, stunning landscape (especially in early spring time) a little river, a perfect place for historical visit and having also a pic-nic around.

Thank Alessandro B
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Took a while finding the castle due to a couple of turnings not sign posted but worth persevering. Keep heading for signs saying Maniace, Bronte and eventually Castello Nelson. Located over over a small bridge and through a gated area, with parking free inside, a site entry fee of €3 a ticket from the small booth just inside the gate.... More 

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mellieha malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited this house at a time when it was still being restored so we did not get to see much - the guide's 'english' explanation was quite difficult to understand but we got the gist of it eventually. Beautiful gardens very well kept but would have liked to see more of the house itself instead of just one room.... More 

Thank patricia p
Rugby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

A beautiful setting and lovely scenery on the way but there isn't a huge amount to see. They are currently doing some restoration work, however, so some parts were closed. The garden is nice but could do with a bit more attention. Not really worth the journey

Thank Bobcat605

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