The castle of Mezzatorre has an ancient and fascinating history.
The name “Mezzatorre” derives from the presence of an ancient watch tower remained unfinished (from here “Mezza”) and built between the sixteenth and seventeenth century by the Aragonese as a watchtower. It was enlarged in the eighteenth century by the dukes of Rancidello.
In the thirties, the tower was used as a pension until one of the owners was Luigi Patalano, a distinguished scholar, politician and poet. Founder of political and cultural magazines, he transformed the tower into an active cultural cenacle. Patalano also built “La Colombaia” in the same park as Mezzatorre, just a short walk from the hotel.
After being owned by Baron Fassini, an educated aristocrat, elegant and lover of good life, the beautiful villa was bought in the 50s by Luchino Visconti, the eclectic Italian movie director, who brought an atmosphere of fruitful culture to the island.