|The town of Comiso
Tourism in Comiso
Visiting Comiso, a very nice 18th century town, rich of monuments and works of art, your attention is caught by the Castle of the Nasellis.
The Nasellis, an old noble family, when receiving the feud of Comiso by the Cabreras in 1453, carried out more appropriate political guidelines, making themselves popular with the subjects and the town reached an exceptional economical, social and artistic level. They also built a public hospital in 1593.
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The Nasellis restored the old Byzantine castle, adding a wing and a chapel, and made it their residence.
The castle you can see now is the result of many restorations and modifications.
To the original building belong the Byzantine octagonal defensive towers, and two portals, one of them still showing iron wings, adored with friezes and frames of the 16th century.
In 1841, on the east side of the castle, architect E. Gerlando built a neo-classical theatre with a Doric style pediment.
In the park, in the opposite side, there is a war memorial.