Norman Castle of Erice
Sicily, Italy
The Normans were one of Europe's strongest military
powers. With a viking heritage they not only conquered
England but also took Sicily.  This magnificent mountain
top fortress at Erice is from the 12th and 13th Centuries.  
Rock and castle seem to have merged.   
This Norman castle boasts a large number of towers, but
it did not seem open to the public.  It was good exercise
reaching the top on foot, and then taking advantage of a
perfect location for scenic photos of Sicily's attractive
landscape below.
This is western Sicily as it borders the Mediterranean Sea.  
I liked the contrast of blue and green provided by my castle
vantage point.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the free
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer video of this trip , "Don
Corleone's Island", by clicking on:  
http://www.adventurepics.com/IBE/video1.aspx?
VF=DonCorleone.wmv