national park, which is well known for its natural, historical,
and artistic contribution to the surrounding territory, is dotted
with numerous religious structures, monasteries, hermitages and
stone churches, and many of them are isolated aloft the mountain
tops. Forgotten along the waterways are mills and old farms, often
built on the more ancient remains of Roman buildings; they attest
the ability of a culture able to live in perfect harmony with nature.
In the area of the Madonies, one may also find the oldest of all
Sicilian rocks, formed during the Triassic period. This is documented
by the numerous fossils which have been recovered in the calcareous
zones of the mountain chain. The tallest and most spectacular peaks
of these chains are Pizzo Carbonara (1979 m), Monte San Salvatore
(1912 m), Monte Ferro (1906 m), Monte Ouacella (1869 m), and Monte
dei Cervi (1656 m).
If you are planning to visit the Madonies, we can strongly recommend
the medieval town Castelbuono, where you can enjoy an amazing view
and where you can find many nice restaurants and picturesque streets.
and Taormina The biggest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna,
and to one of the most interesting and beautiful towns of Sicily:
Taormina, with its intricate network of small winding streets and
steps, is an enchanting and unforgettable town. Decorated with geraniums
and bouganvilles, it offers splendid glimpses of the coast and Mount
Etna. A visit to the magnificent Greek Theatre is not to be missed
at any cost.
and the famous and beautiful Norman Cathedral
of Monreale. In Palermo we suggest to visit Piazza
Pretoria, the Church of the Martorana, some typical Sicilian street
markets in the heart of the city ( the most famous is "La Vucciria"),
teatro Massimo and the Convent of the Cappuccini where if you wish
you can get down into the Catacombs.
Armerina the Roman Villa del Casale with its splendid mosaics.
Little town on the southern coast of Sicily where you can visit
the archaeological area known as the Valley of the Temples, ancient
site originally established by the Greeks around 600BC
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