Montalbano Elicona

Province of Messina

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.

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People live here:

2.308

It is famous for:

the founder of the charity Peculio, Placido Flower

Typical Food:

Provola, cheese

Ricotta salata, fresca and “infornata”

Salami

Black pork salami

Bread

Sweet with nuts and peanuts

“a ciminu”,“cullure” and“nuvolette” typical Easter biscuits

beans

chickpea

Attractions:

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:

By Car:

From Messina and Palermo

Get on A20 Messina-Palermo, exit Falcone. Take SP112 and then SP110, exit Montalbano Elicona

From Catania

Get on A18, Catania-Messina, exit Fiumefreddo. Take SP120 and then SP7III, continue on SP 110 exit Montalbano Elicona.

Accommodations:

Hotel Federico II  Hotel 4*

http://www.federicosecondohotel.it/

Restaurants:

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

http://www.ristorantealbarile.it/

Ristorante La Sciarbonata

Via Rocca dell’Elmo  Montalbano Di Elicona, Sicilia, Italy

Mobile: +39 389 184 0789

Country House Il Gelso

http://www.agriturismoilgelso.eu/

Fattoria Grattazzo

Contrada Grattazzo, Montalbano Elicona, Sicilia, Italia

Mobile: +39 334 314 5556

Hotel Federico II  Hotel 4*

http://www.federicosecondohotel.it/

Beaches:

Tindari

Marina di Patti

Marinello

San Giorgio

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