Biancavilla

Province of Catania

Biancavilla is a tiny village with ancient origins rich in culture and history.

Thanks to the presence of natural springs and lava caves, the village of Biancavilla has been inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic Age by Sicani, and later by the Siculi. The foundation of the city dates back to the fifteenth century when a group of Albanian refugees moved from the Balkans, led by Cesare Masi, creating the old town centre. For a short time this tiny town was called “House of the Greeks ” and later in 1599 the name changed to Biancavilla to honour Queen Bianca di Navarra.

The most important monuments of the village are the Botanical Garden; the Basilica di Santa Maria dell’Elemosina, built in the 16th century, has a Latin Cross plan and three naves enriched by wonderful decorations and frescos dating back to the 18th century; the Church of Santa Maria del Rosario displays a fascinating Baroque facade made by Carlo Sada enriched by majestic columns. The interior has a wide nave characterized by the typical Sicilian Baroque style and Corinthian columns enriched by frescos and sculptures.

Close to the village it is possible to visit the ruins of five ancient water mills; Rollo, Fontanavecchia, Spasimo, Mezzo and Ultimo, also known as Ciappe. They were used to grind grain and legumes to get flour. The farmers also used to grind chickpeas, beans and lentils and with their “special flour” they made bread and pasta in times of famine. Today the village preserves this tradition of cooking the Frascatuli which is considered a sort of Sicilian polenta made with these special flours.

People live here:

23.433

Typical food:

Sciumini, local sweet

Bersagliere, local sweet

Attractions:

Festa Madonna dell’Elemosina(August)                                                                                                                                               Festa di San Placido Martire(5-6/10), holy festivity

How to get there:

By Car:

From Catania

Get on Superstrada Paternò – Catania/SS121, Strada Provinciale 14/SP14, SP4/11 and Strada Statale 284/SS284 to Via Guglielmo Marconi in Biancavilla.

Accommodations:

Agrihotel Croce Vallone 3*

Contrada Croce Vallone, 95033 Biancavilla CT, Italy

Ph. +39 095686726

Il Frutteto di Efesto

http://www.efestosnc.it

B&B Domus Verdiana 

Via Amedeo di Savoia, 4, 95030 Ragalna CT, Italy

Ph. +39 095 849085

Country House Villa Casina Dell’Etna

Via Rosario, 47, 95030 Ragalna CT, Italy

Mobile: +39 329 643 0893

Country House Corte Aragonese

http://www.agriturismocortearagonese.it 

Hotel Il Conte dell’Etna 3*

http://www.ilcontedelletna.it 

B&B Etna 1703 3*

http://etnabb1703.it 

Hotel Ristorante Paradise di Scrivano Salvatore & C

http://www.hotelristoranteparadise.it 

Resort dell’Etna

http://www.resortdelletna.it/

C.da Renazzi, 95047 Paternò

Restaurants:

La Vite 

Via Clemente 8, 95033

Mobile: 0039 328 4322807

Casale Dei Greci

http://www.casaledeigreci.com/#_=_

La Fenice

Via della Montagna,

Mobile: +39 3926137866

Beauty Garden Banqueting

http://www.beautygarden.it 

Le Grotte 

Via Giuseppe Verdi, Biancavilla CT, Italy

Ph. +39 095 982500

Il Frutteto di Efesto Ristorante

http://www.ilfruttetodiefesto.com/home_ingl.html#_=_ 

C’est la vie 

Via Brescia, 3, 95033 Biancavilla, Sicilia, Italia

A Maidda

http://www.amaiddabordonaro.it 

Scandura Delicatessen 

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 24, Biancavilla CT, Italy

Ph. +39 095 983981

Pizzeria Il Cavallino e Bagamoyo 

via vittorio emanuele n° 104/via del bottaio, 95033 Biancavilla, Sicilia, Italia

Mobile: +39 3331698620

Bosco Ciancio

Contrada Stagliata | Strada provinciale Biancavilla – Nicolosi, 95033 Biancavilla, Sicilia, Italia

Mobile:+39 393 928 6385

B.B King English Pub

http://www.bbkingpub.it 

Pizzeria Eliseo

Via Solaris 21/23 | Via Solaris(Fine Via Pistoia), 95022 Biancavilla, Sicilia, Italia

Mobile: +39 3409596915

Il Capriccio Ristorante Pizzeria

viale dei fiori 166/bis, 95033 Biancavilla, Sicilia, Italia

Mobile: +39 3495526594

Morrison Pub

Via Umberto n° 40, 95033 Biancavilla, Sicilia, Italia

Mobile: +39 3331162930

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