The Wind Mill
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It is a characteristic round tower built on the
hill over hanging the town, using the ruin of Roman buildings;
dates back to the first Saracen invasions and probably was used
as a look out and a fortification, later on under the Norman domination
it was transformed into a mill and some millstones are still on
the first floor.
An old refrain which is singing up to now in the
threshing floor in Sicily, tells this:
Ammenzu di Trecastagni e la Pidara,
c'è un mulino a ventu ca macina,
macina menza sarma la simana
Between Trecastagni and Pedara,
There is a wind mill that grinds,
Grinds half burden in a week
This demonstrates the great notoriety of this mill, located in
a place that is not at all grain, technical qualities for the
grinding were not recognised to and therefore the ridiculous production
remembered in the folk song.
Towards the end of the XVI century it was a private estate, the
owners gave it to S. Alfio’s church, because, in the loop-holes
existing on the top floor three muzzle loaders and a heap of stones
to shoot as a joy during the days of the feast were put.
They are old pieces of artillery found in different periods during
the digging of the vineyards, remaining perhaps of the battles
between the Aragones and the Angevins along the Jonio cost.