Torremuzza, near to the modern town of Case Boschetto, is another castle thought to have Byzantine origins and sarcophagi as old as the third century BC are said to have been found here.  In 1296 Torremuzza is said to have been a fee called Cattaino belonging to the heirs of Judge John Manna, while in 1408 it belonged to Don Nicholas Crisaffi.  By 1501 it had become a prison, although it may have been occupied as late as the 1860s.

Torremuzza castle stands on the summit of a rocky limestone crag overlooking the river of Troina or Serravalle.   This is within the old fee of Cattaino.

The main castle occupies the highest part of the rock to the northwest and is another thin, battleship design like Aci and its ilk, reached via a small flight of steps cut into the rock.  The shattered remnants of a small round keep dominate the northwest point.  It is claimed this was Byzantine, but it has very thin, poorly built rubble walls.  There is also a lack of Roman materials in the masonry.

To the southeast was the main approach defended by a lower ward which appears to have contained later prison cells and has one irregular polygonal tower projecting to the northeast covering the modern entrance.  Traces of a lower fortified bailey or town enclosure lay to the north, although only segments of the wall survive to the east.  What walling remains of the castle seems mostly poor quality rubble.

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