The Madonie park is part of the Province of Palermo and it is considered the second nature reserve to be founded in Sicily. The nature reserve includes 15 towns among which there are Polizzi Generosa, Petralia Soprana and Sottana, Gangi, Castellana Sicula, Castelbuono, and Isnello. The park has six impressive mountains (over 1500 meters above sea level) and the reserve extends for 35000 hectares. The highest mountains is Pizzo Carbonara which is second only to the Etna vulcano. The Madonie Park offers an incredible environment which is suitable for who wants to relax and enjoy the calm of the nature. Visitors can also enjoy an amazing view of the island where it is possible to admire the Nebrodi, the Aeolian Islands and Etna.
Thanks to the many wonderful routes varying in difficulty and length, walking and hiking are strictly recommended.
The park is also considered as a botanic paradise and the wildlife is characterised by the most important nesting birds and mammals which can be found in the island. It also houses 200 different endemic species.
Close to the park you can discover incredible medieval villages such as Pollina which is one of is one of the only places where manna, the sap that comes from ash trees, is still being harvested. It comes with a very charming aspect and thanks to its narrow streets and ancient buildings it can be considered a sort of labyrinth.
If you want to discover more about the history and the traditions of these beautiful small villages you can find and book several guided tours.