Nizza di Sicilia

Province of Messina

Nizza di Sicilia has Medieval origins and was ruled by important feudal families who enriched the village with impressive monuments.

The original name of Nizza di Sicilia was San Ferdinando to honour king Ferdinand of Bourbon. The name was changed in Nizza in 1863, after the end of the Bourbon’s domination thanks to Garibaldi and his “Mille”. The feudal town has Medieval origins and was ruled by various important families such as the Rocca, the Marchese, and the princes of Alcontres. After the construction of the castle, the town grew around it, giving shape to the current old town centre. The most important monuments are the ruins of the Alcontres Castle built between 1583 and 1627; the Church of San Giuseppe built in 1908 by  Angelo Pajno, the Archbishop of Messina; the Church of San Francesco di Paola, built in 1733, includes impressive works of art dating back to the 18th century; the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, erected in 1892; the Church of San Giovanni Battista, built in the 17th century, holds many wonderful paintings made by the Sicilian painter Giuseppe Bonsignore; the Risorgimento Museum displays the most important parts of the village’s history with documents, pictures, books and testimonies; the Galleria Comunale “C.Cagli” hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Sicilian artist Corrado Cagli.

Close to the village, located on the top of the Peloritani mountains, it is possible to discover the Fiumedinisi and Monte Scuderi Nature Reserve. It was established in 1998 to protect the impressive natural environment of the green area which is characterised by oaks, chestnuts, walnuts, mulberries, maples, holly and laurel trees. The reserve also includes ancient iron, silver, lead, zinc, tungsten and copper mines and an archaeological area where you can find interesting Byzantine findings.

People live here:

3.674

It is famous for:

the doctor Agatino Giovanni Barbera

the sculptor, painter and portrait artist Tore Edmondo Calabrò

the actor Guido Caprino

the colonel Giovanni Interdonato

Typical food:

Canniciata du Ciumareddu

Crespelle di San. Giuseppe

Limone Interdonato, this particular lemon derives from the combination of the cedar and the ariddaru (a local type of lemon) seeds

Attractions:

Fiera del Mare, traditional festival where it is possible to find local crafts and typical products

Anno Domini 1392 e Torneo del Paloggio

How to get there:

By Car:

From Fontanarossa Catania Airport

Get on A18/E45 to SS114 in Roccalumera. Take exit Roccalumera from A18/E45. Continue on SS114. Take Lungomare Amerigo Vespucci, Via Lungomare C. Colombo and Via Marina to Via Interdonato Colonnello in Nizza di Sicilia.

From Messina

Get on A18/E45 to SS114 in Roccalumera. Take exit Roccalumera from A18/E45. Continue on SS114. Take Lungomare Amerigo Vespucci, Via Lungomare C. Colombo and Via Marina to Via Interdonato Colonnello in Nizza di Sicilia.

Accommodations:

B&B Ottocento sul mare 3*

http://www.ottocentosulmare.it/

ALEGAmare 2* apartments

http://www.alegamare.it/

Hotel Nizza 1*

http://hotelnizza.net/

Restaurants:

Pizzeria A Casa Pinta 

Via Vittorio Veneto, 50, Nizza di Sicilia ME

Ph. +39 0942 701418

Beaches:

Roccalumera

Capo Alì

Letojanni

Scaletta Zanclea

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