The cave town of Sperlinga has an impressive Castle which can be reached via a steep stone staircase.
The name Sperlinga comes from the Greek for cavern. This name perfectly describes how this village was dug into the rocks. The cave town of Sperlinga has an impressive Castle which can be reached via a steep stone staircase. It was built into the rock in the early years of Norman rule in 1133, and it is extended over several levels including stables, prisons and forges. Below the Castle it is possible to admire the Aggrottato, 50 manmade caves once inhabited, some of which have now been made into an ethno-anthropological museum that contains pottery, utensils and household items found during the excavations. Otherwise, nature lovers can discover the “Park of the Duke“, which has several beautiful examples of Mediterranean flora, including aromatic and medicinal plants.
Sperlinga is also known for the Sagra del Torrone a festival characterised by the typical “torrone”, a sweet made with almonds, nuts, honey and cinnamon. During this event, the old village becomes a medieval town with ladies and knights commemorating some of the most important old traditions.
People live here:
Sagra del Torrone (16/08) a festival characterised by the typical “torrone”, a sweet made with almonds, nuts, honey and cinnamon
How to get there:
A19 to Catania, exit Tremonzelli and then continue to Castellana-Petralia, SS 120
A 19 to Palermo, then take the SS 117 to Nicosia and Sperlinga
A20 exit S. Stefano di Camastra.
SS 121 TO Leonforte and then take la SS 117
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