Montalbano Elicona has been nominated as “The most beautiful Village of 2015”.
The village of Montalbano Elicona is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and it has been nominated as “The most beautiful Village of 2015”. The tiny houses, characterised by a medieval imprint, are built on a big rock creating a complex labyrinth of beautiful alleys that surround the majestic Svevian-Aragonese Palace, the churches and the other location of the town. The origins of this charming village are dating back to the eleventh century, and the feudal town was ruled by many important Sicilian family such as the Lancia in 1396, and the Colonna and Bonanno in 1587.
The most important monuments of the village are: the Swabian-Aragonase Castle which dominates the medieval village, it was erected by Federico II di Svevia in 1210. It includes a Chapel enriched by wonderful frescos; the Church of Santa Cateria, built in 1300, has a Romantic charming facade; the Santuario of Maria SS della Provvidenza is one of the main church of Montalbano and is considered as the heart of the old town centre; the Mother Church, erected in the 12th century includes impressive Corinthian columns and works of art dating back to the 17th century; the Church of Spirito Santo, built in 1310 has a Roman style; the Church of San Michele erected between 1100 to 1200; the Ancients Mills of Elicona;the Museo Storico Fotografico Eugenio Belfiore contains over 200 pictures about the ancient settlement of Montalbano; the Altopiano dell’ Agrimusco is a complex of sandstone rocks considered as Prehistoric testimonies of the first population who inhabited the area; the Malabotta Forest placed between the Nebrodi and Peloritani mountains, includes an impressive trees species such the Cerro (a type of oak), the wild pear, the elder, Ash, Maple, Cytisus, Hazel Nut and Chestnut cultivation.
Close to the village it is possible to visit the Elicona river and some ancient water mills.
People live here:
It is famous for:
the founder of the charity Peculio, Placido Flower
Ricotta salata, fresca and “infornata”
Black pork salami
Sweet with nuts and peanuts
“a ciminu”,“cullure” and“nuvolette” typical Easter biscuits
Insabbiata nel Borgo dei Borghi, artistic traditional festival
Feste Aragonesi, historical festival
Sagra del Pane, food festival
Sagra della nocciola, food festival
Sagra della provola, food festival
Presepe vivente, lively nativity
Montalbano mistico fest, music, art and theatre festival
How to get there:
From Messina and Palermo
Get on A20 Messina-Palermo, exit Falcone. Take SP112 and then SP110, exit Montalbano Elicona
Get on A18, Catania-Messina, exit Fiumefreddo. Take SP120 and then SP7III, continue on SP 110 exit Montalbano Elicona.
Hotel Federico II Hotel 4*
Ristorante Pizzeria Del Castello
Corso Principe Umberto, 13, 98065 Montalbano Elicona ME
Ph. +39 0941 679156
Ristorante il Focolare
Corso Principe Umberto, 98065 Montalbano Elicona ME
Ph. +39 0941 679135
Ristorante Al Barile
Ristorante La Sciarbonata
Via Rocca dell’Elmo Montalbano Di Elicona, Sicilia, Italy
Mobile: +39 389 184 0789
Country House Il Gelso
Contrada Grattazzo, Montalbano Elicona, Sicilia, Italia
Mobile: +39 334 314 5556
Hotel Federico II Hotel 4*
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