This is the fortress that we visited yesterday in Acicastello. Castello is the Italian word for castle- and this was the castle that the Normans (from France) built in 1076 from black lava when they invaded Sicily. Parts of the castle was destroyed by Frederick II of Aragon. It had beautiful views (see picture 1) overlooking the town of Acicastello and its beach.
These locks are a little quirk that we found and later asked our Italian sisters about. Apparently, when a couple is about to be married they bring a lock and key and throw the key away in the ocean forever locking in their love. We all thought it was such an adorable tradition!
-Marina and Bridget