Altavilla Milicia is famous for its impressive productions of honey. Today the village product over 50 types of this delicious and healthy food.
Altavilla Milicia is a tiny village located in the province of Palermo, it was founded by Francesco Maria Beccadelli in 1621. The archaeological digs uncovered an interesting cavern, the Mazzamuto cave, where several objects dating back to the Palaeolithic period such as the ruins of an amazing necropolis had been preserved.
The name Milicia derives from the Greek statue of Zeus Melichios discovered near Solunto. The Greek adjective Melichios means Sweet and it refers to the massive fields of sugar cane cultivated in the area. The Santuario Madonna della Milicia, was built by Anfuso Bellacera at the end of the 15th century. Here it is possible to admire the popolar painting of Nostra Donna and San Francesco, also called Madonna della Milicia.
The Ex-Voto Museum located in the basement of the Santuario Mariano Diocesano della Madonna della Milicia. This museum displays a collection of 400 metal sheets taken from sardine cans and painted by local artists.
The Church of S. Maria di Campogrosso, also known as “Chiesazza” (Big Church), was built in 1077 by Roberto il Guiscardo and it is one of the first example of Norman building in Sicily. The Torri della Milicia e del Capo Grasso, are two important watchtowers built by the Aragonese to protect their colony from Pirates invasions.
People live here:
The Altavilla sausages
50 types of honey
Prosciutto Crudo della Milicia
Il pasticciato, a typical sweet made with pastry and ricotta
Carnevale Altavillese, the Carnival
Sagra della salsiccia, food festival
Sagra della Cuccìa this fest celebrate the ancient local dish cooked in honour of Santa Lucia since 1646
How to get there:
From Falcone Borsellino Airport to Palermo
take A20 to Messina – Catania, exit Altavilla Milicia.
Get the Trinacria Express train from Palermo Station. (40 minutes)
Bus service from the Palermo Station
From Catania Airport:
take A19 exit Altavilla Milicia,
From Catania Railway station get trains to Messina, stop Termini Immerse and change to Altavilla Milicia
Take A20 to Palermo (200 km) uexit Altavilla Milicia.
From Messina Railway station get trains to Palermo, stop Termini Immerse and change to Altavilla Milicia
Lido sporting & Sporting Residence Club 3*
B&B Altavilla Beach
Via Chiesazza Sperone III, 90010 Altavilla Milicia, Italia
House Nikà Apartment
Via Passi XII, 90010 Altavilla Milicia, Italia
Villa Panoramica with swimming pool
Strada Cozzo Di Nora, Altavilla Milicia
Mobile: +39 327 560 7679
Casa Ina Apartments
Piazza Matrice, 27, 90010 Altavilla Milicia, Sicilia, Italia
Mobile: +39 340 301 6012
B&B La Scaletta Blue
Via Chiesazza Sperone XIII Snc, 90010 Altavilla Milicia, Italia
Torre Normanna Hotel 3*
Hotel Villa mare 3*
Via Vittorio Veneto, 45, 90010 Altavilla Milicia PA
Ph. +39 091 915178;
La Fattoria Bekeer’s Farm House
S.S.113, Altavilla Milicia
Mobile: +39 348 339 1905
B&B Villa Mirtilla
Via Marina della Bruca n.1
Ph. 091 951828
Pizzeria Don Ciccio
Via Anime Sante, 27, 90010
Ph. 380 786 9861
Le Delizie Di Zio Nino
Via Pisa, 6, 90010
Ph. +39 091 951863