Overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast of the island, at about 18 km from Palermo, Casteldaccia enjoys an incomparable view of the Mongerbino promontory, the Madonie mountains and the lighthouse of Cefalù which on the clearest days can be seen from Capo Milazzo and three of the seven Aeolian Islands. The original name of Castel d’Accia arises from the combination of the words castello (a castle, still visible and symbol of past feudal splendour) and accia, a celery plant that grew extensively in the area.
At the centre of the town stands the Castle of the Duke of Salaparuta, the historic residence of the Alliata noble family used as a setting for the story Un sonno senza sogni by the author Dacia Maraini, the daughter of Topazia Alliata. The Alliata Dukes of Salaparuta, undoubtedly leading figures in the history of Sicily, stand out for their innovative spirit which in 1824 for example resulted in the founding of the Corvo winery located in the rooms of the castle.
The most important and eagerly awaited days of the year coincide with the celebrations of Saint Joseph: on 19 March with the novena which is exclusively religious, the traditional “banquet table” for tasting the vegetable soup and blessed bread, the Vampa (bonfire) and fireworks; then in August with the feast itself, an extraordinary mix of lights, sounds, colours, flavours and folklore.
In November the festival of the buccellato is not just an occasion for tasting this delicious cake, the product of an old Arab-Norman tradition, but also an excuse to visit the delightful old town centre and perhaps stop in one of the many ceramics shops and buy refined articles of great artistic value.