Gateway and Drive, Castello Nelson, Bronte, Sicily, Italy [Photography]

Gateway and Drive, Castello Nelson, Bronte, Sicily, Italy

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Gateway and Drive, Castello Nelson, Bronte, Sicily, Italy

After our visit to San Teodoro, we hit up this historical site in nearby Bronte (home of the amazing Sicilian pistachios). We couldn’t visit the inside, as it was undergoing restoration, but walking the grounds and seeing the ancient monastery that first occupied this site was interesting.

Here is a small piece of interesting history about the castle.

“Prior to Italian unification, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the largest of the Italian States, was comprised of the Kingdom of Sicily and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1799, King Ferdinand l, the Bourbon King of the Two Sicilies (aka King Ferdinand IV, King of Naples, aka King Ferdinand III, King of Sicily), in appreciation for the admiral’s support in suppressing a French-inspired insurrection in Naples, gave Horatio Nelson a title (Duke of Bronte) and a town (my grandmother’s hometown), or, more precisely, “the land and the same town of Bronte, the revenue stamps, the incomes of the vassals, the servitudes, the rents…” The Castle was a former monastery and, at that time, in total disrepair. Admiral Nelson never had the opportunity to live, let alone visit his property. Nevertheless, from England and with the help of estate managers (who most probably cheated him), Admiral Nelson planned the first of many renovations in the hope that he and Lady Hamilton would retire to Bronte one day and live a peaceful, quiet life away from whispers and gossip. This connection to Bronte was so strong that he had begun to sign his name, Nelson and Bronte.” – Nelson and Bronte

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