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Trinacria Sicilia
Ricette
Poesie
Palermo
Monte Jato

Ricette
Poesie
Palermo
Monte Jato

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In a land so rich in contrasts and contradictions, it is difficult to say whether its real soul lies in the sea, in its history, folklore, traditions or in its unspoiled natural environment. The contradictory character of the Sicilians reflects their countryside that alternates moments of gentle beauty with desert areas burnt by the sun. Palermo itself can offer the glorious sea of Cefalý and the charming mountains of the Madonie with the snow fields of Piano Battaglia.

The Madonie contain gems of rare beauty. The Regional Park of the Madonie, the second largest in Sicily after Etna, has been founded here among immense woods and old Mediaeval villages. Here we can find woods of silvery holly bushes, gurgling streams and fir-trees in a wild landscape. The abyss of Ciacca, which reaches a depth of one hundred meters, the massif of Monte Cervi and Monte Quacella are just some of the outstanding features of this natural paradise where there is a wealth of chestnut trees, poplars, ash and oak trees, and where one can still see the peregrine falcon, the kestrel, the kite and the raven circling overhead.

The heart of the Park of the Madonie is Geraci Siculo, an Appennine island in a Mediterranean context. The peat bogs of Geraci are a real botanical treasure chest, preserving thousands of years of botanical history. Farm tourism is now becoming a reality in the Madonie area; several old farmhouses have already been restored and offer interesting possibilities. The regional administration in Palermo has made funds available for the realization of the "Hotel-Village" which offers long holidays at very low costs. All the communes in the Madonie have a noble history, monuments and fine works of art, but above all they have preserved a link to their oldest traditions. These live on in the genuine cuisine, the precious craftsmanship and the local festivities that are more than simple folklore.

To appreciate the Madonie to the full we should go as far as the extreme borders of the province where we find Gangi with its splendid old town center, Geraci Siculo with its history and "Treasure" that is not only that of the Ventimiglia family of Palermo. The territory of the province of Palermo also includes the Feuds, equally rich in history and traditions. Then there is the wine-making area and the lakes around Partinico. The area of Corleone too is gradually emerging from its traditional isolation and concentrating on farm tourism. In the province of Palermo it is also possible to enjoy nature by means of a new form of tourism on horseback. There are a number of riding centers, all approved by the national horse tourism association.

Alternative tourism does not necessarily mean cheap or simple evasion, but offering new possibilities of rediscovering old popular traditions, enjoying good cooking, allowing oneself to be carried away by the charm of a legend or moved by the evocative power of the ruins of an old castle, the imposing bulk of a noble palace, or the great luminous spaces of a Baroque church. The province of Palermo offers all this, but above all the chance to rediscover a more human side that big cities have now irretrievably lost.

 

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Piano Battaglia
The charming mountains of the Madonie with snow fields

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Madonie Mountains
Regional Park of the Madonie, second largest in Sicily after Etna

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Traditional Sicilian Costumes
A link to the oldest traditions


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Gangi
The splendid old town center



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