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Parco delle Madonie

Villas in Sicily near the Madonie Mountains

Parco delle MadonieAlmost the whole mountain range of the Madonie Mountains was declared Regional Natural Park in 1989. It represents a unique mosaic marked by areas rich in water and very dry surfaces, dotted with sinkholes and caves typical of the karst areas, monasteries, hermitages and rock churches rising on the most remote rocks of the mountains, old mills and farms often built over the remains of older roman villas near the rivers. The highest peaks reach an altitude of almost 2000m: Pizzo Carbonara is 1979m high, Monte S. Salvatore is 1912m high and Monte Ferro is 1906m high.[ + ]

Le Petralie

Petralia Soprana and Petralia Sottana are two of the most beautiful and well-preserved towns on the Madonie Mountains. Perched on a rocky spur at the altitude of 1147m, Petralia Soprana dominates a vast territory. Indeed it is one of the towns of the Madonie Mountains which boasts the most ancient origins. It was ruled by Arabs, Normans and in turn by the Ventimiglia, Moncada and Cordona noble families. The small town core shows a medieval layout with a maze of narrow streets and stone houses. It boasts the monumental church Chiesa Madre with a portal dating back to 1400 and a portico from XVIII century with binate columns. The Church of Madonna di Loreto was built over the ruins of an ancient castle on the upper part of the town. It is marked by two belfries with polychrome cusps. A few meters far from the church the belvedere terrace provides a magnificent view over the valleys. The road linking Petralia Soprana with Petralia Sottana runs trough a pine wood, where the former monastery of Padri Riformati can be admired. Nowadays it is converted into a congress center and a university.

Petralia Sottana boasts an astonishing wealth of monuments and churches and a breathtaking panorama. The Baroque Chiesa Madre built over a pre-existent XV century core and the marble polyptich by Giandomenico Gagini in the Church Trinità alla Badia are well worth a visit. The clear mountain air and the timeless atmosphere provide for the particular charm of these towns, where traditions are deeply innate in the spirit of the locals. In the summer there are many religious and non-religious events which attract curious and tourists. The most colorful is the Ballo della Cordella, recalling the ancient popular dances. Emigrants and young people come back to their native villages enlivening the squares and the streets. The mountains are crowded once again with people.

Trekking and Sports in the area of the Madonie Mountains

The Nature Park of the Madonie Mountains, covering a territory of almost 40000ha and including 15000 ha of woods, hills, pastures, gorges, rivers and peaks reaching the altitude of 2000m, is one of the most beautiful and unpolluted areas of the island. It offers many different routes to follow on foot, mountain bike or horse riding and venture into this astonishingly rich and varied ecosystem.

We will provide you the necessary information for the discovering of the amazing beauties of the Madonie Mountains. The tracks and the refuges are not usually crowded, and the visitors can enjoy their time immersed in the outstanding scenery of the mountains.

On the contrary the winter resort Piano Battaglia is crowded with skiers in winter, when the aerial lifts of the three ski pistes are available. Piano Battaglia offers the opportunity to practice alpine skiing, cross country skiing and the absolutely new sport called orienteering. The Nature Park promoted on October 2005 the first training course for this new sport, also called the sport of the woods. Petralia Sottana offers a covered swimming pool available all the year.

Villas in Sicily near the Madonie Mountains

Madonie landscapes

Madonie in Winter

Brooms in spring on the Madonie

The perfect spot for excursions

The unique Madonie 18 hole Golf Course

Petralia Soprana

Trekking on the Madonie

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