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ENNA

ENNA  Apri
Loc. ENNA - SICILIA  Navigatore
45 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Pietraperzia, Caltanissetta, Piazza Armerina

Enna e' uno dei capoluoghi di provincia della regione Sicilia e si trova posizionata al centro dell''isola su un altopiano dei Monti Erei a mille metri di altezza. E'' un famoso centro agricolo ed archeologico conosciuto in tutta Italia. Storicamente Enna possiede un''origine molto antica: venne colonizzata dai Greci (la chiamarono Henna) tra il VII ed il Vi secolo a.c. Successivamente venne dominata dai Siracusani, dai Cartaginesi e dai Romani. Divenne poi una fortezza bizantina ed in seguito colonizzata dagli Arabi. Enna raggiunse il suo massimo splendore nel XVII secolo e dopo un lungo periodo di decadenza successiva riprese vigore nel 1860 con l''annessione al Regno d''Italia. Da vedere: Chiesa di San Francesco: questa chiesa risale al XIV secolo ma e' stata successivamente rimaneggiata. Possiede un bellissimo campanile del 1500 sito su di una scarpata e strutturato a tre ordini sovrapposti. L''interno e' composto da un''unica navata e vi si puo accedre mediante una grande scalinata. Vi sono conservate alcune opere degne di nota come ad esempio la croce lignea dipinta su entrambi i lati, una tavola del XVI secolo che raffigura l''Epifania ed i bellissimi affreschi di Giovan Battista Bruno (del XVII secolo). Castello Normanno di Sperlinga: Sperlinga e' una cittadina in provincia di Enna che dista circa 50 km. Il suo nome deriva dal latino ''spelunca'' che significa grotta dato che nelle zone limistrofe sono presenti molte caverne trogloditiche. Nella piazza principale di questo paese si trova un bellissimo castello Normanno edificato nel Medioevo. Si puo accedere a questo maniero tramite una grande gradinata scavata nella roccia. All''interno del castello vi sono svariate camere di cui alcune scavate nella roccia. Nel piazzale occidentale del castello sono presenti i resti della Chiesa di San Luca. Dall''uscita settentrionale del Castello si puo accedere al ''giardino del Duca'', un campo alberato. Aree archeologiche di Centuripe: Centuripe e' un paese in provincia di Enna che dista dalla citta circa 60 km. Si tratta di un bel borgo di montagna famoso per la produzione di grano, agrumi, olive e frutta. Nella parte orientale di questo paese sono stati trovati dei resti molto importanti tra cui il Castello di Corradino, resti di un mausoleo romano di eta imperiale e resti di Bagni Termali. Vi sono poi resti di un''abitazione greca con mosaici e pitture parietali. E'' presente il Museo Archeologico dove e' possibile ammirare reperti quali i resti di un sarcofago, vasi, sculture e pitture.

GROTTE DELLA GURFA

GROTTE DELLA GURFA  Apri
Loc. ALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
37 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Montemaggiore Belsito, Caccamo, Cammarata
The Gurfa Caves, near Alia, are a vast monument and a rare example of rock-cut architecture, realised along a wall of red sandstone. Their history and intended use remain a mystery even today. Recent studies have dated them to the fifth century BC; the most striking of them is certainly the large bell-shaped cave & referred to as a tholos & a grand hall evocative of propitiatory myths and ancestral beliefs. Also unique is its acoustic effect & even a whisper inside the cave can be heard in the cave upstairs. The Gurfa Caves can be reached easily from Villa Dafne on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback; it is, in fact, just 4 km away.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
31 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Casteldaccia, Montemaggiore Belsito, Alia
Monte San Calogero geologically is a large anticline (folded portion of the earth's crust by tectonic forces that do emerge) that sinks in E-SE direction. More than a mount would be more correct to call it mountain of San Calogero tem looks like a mighty massif composed of limestone and dolomite originated from the Mesozoic onwards, siliceous layers and the so-called Numidian flysch (of sedimentary).

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI  Apri
Loc. NICOSIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
28 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Sperlinga, Agira, Cesaṛ
The value of the natural reserve of Sambuchetti Campanito is outstanding for the variety of habitats and biodiversity in this area. The mountain range, which belong to the mountains Campanito (1,514 m) and Sambuchetti (1,559 m), is a chain parallel to the neighbors with which it shares similarities geological Nebrodis not indifferent: it is Numidian flysch deposits, mainly formed by accumulated debris the work of underwater currents and then surfaced in the later stages. The environment is basically an agro-forestry-pastoral and presents no particular archaeological or historical worth mentioning. Nearby you can visit Sperlinga and its famous castle situated on a hill overlooking the surrounding landscape.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI FAVARA E BOSCO GRANZA

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI FAVARA E BOSCO GRANZA  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI FAVARA E BOSCO GRANZA, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
27 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Alia, Caccamo, Petralia Sottana
The forests of the reserve are dominated by cork trees that are associated with oak, flowering ash and oak trees. The shrubs of the undergrowth is rich and reflects the spread of the species typically Sicilian in the woods, such as blackthorn, hawthorn, crab apple, asparagus thorny, butcher's broom, but Mandorlini or bushes by the rich blooms of golden laburnum trifloro, a plant similar to the broom. The lawns in the undergrowth, are tinged with colors in it we find the spring cyclamen, flowering carpet, the saffron branching.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
44 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Caccamo, Santa Flavia, Mezzojuso
This mountain range has not only limestone due to sedimentation of the shells and skeletons of animals in the depths of the ancient sea Mesozoic era, but also the presence of silica walls, arranged in parallel lamellae to mixed incoherent elements (shale) formed by the 'slow and steady accumulation over the centuries from the husks of micro-organisms (diatoms and radiolarians) and siliceous sponges in the seabed. Not only on Pizzo Cane, inside limestones, there are intrusions of volcanic rocks that come to surface.

OLIVA NOCELLARA DEL BELICE DOP

OLIVA NOCELLARA DEL BELICE DOP  Apri
Loc. PETRALIA SOTTANA - SICILIA  Navigatore
38 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Caltanissetta, Enna, Pietraperzia
  Brochure PDF
Nocellara del Belice is a horticultural product Italian with two designations of origin (PDO). It is an olive particularly big and tasty, which is produced in the province of Trapani, mainly in the triangle between Castelvetrano, Partanna and Campobello di Mazara. Being an olive dual attitude is also produced excellent table olive. Collection by the end of September, produces an oil smell and taste particularly interesting understood and full-bodied, fruity with hints of tomato, the Valle del Belice DOP (at least 70%) and the Valleys Trapanesi DOP. It is recommended for roasts and side dishes of vegetables, both raw and cooked. It is the only product in Europe to have two PDO for the same variety: Valle del Belice for oil (OJ L 273, 21:08:04) and Nocellara del Belice for the table olive (OJ L . 15 of 21/01/98). The olive Nocellara del Belice is used for the production of Belicino, a cheese product recognized agroalmentare Traditional (PAT) Sicilian.

ARANCIA ROSSA DI SICILIA

ARANCIA ROSSA DI SICILIA  Apri
Loc. PETRALIA SOTTANA - SICILIA  Navigatore
38 Km from B&B DONJON
Altitude: 622 mt. a.s.l.  Area Caltanissetta, Enna, Pietraperzia
  Brochure PDF
In winter, the best way to combat the ills of the season is to do plenty of vitamin C. This is known. But few know, however, that there is a fruit in particular that contains more than others, as much as 40%. And 'the PGI Red Orange of Sicily. This characteristic is due to the presence in its pulp pigments, called anthocyanins, which give it the red color, and a remarkable concentration of antioxidants (ascorbic acid addition to the aforementioned flavonoids), which help fight free radicals, responsible for the 'aging. Making the body more resistant to various diseases of various kinds including bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, headaches and rheumatism. Rich in water (87%), low in fat (34 calories per 100 grams) and protein, the PGI Red Orange of Sicily contains many minerals like calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, selenium, and especially different vitamins including, in addition to vitamin C, A, B1, and B2. But that's not all. Improves the respiratory tem facilitates the deposition of calcium and phosphorus in bones and teeth, it is indicated in the diet of pregnant women and menopause. Moreover carotenes are pres of vitamin A good allies of the visual tem and fight infection of various nature. The area of production is between the provinces of Enna, Catania and Siracusa. The Red Orange of Sicily is an example of the close link between climatic factors and product characteristics; the same varieties of orange, in fact, grown in other climates do not have the particular color and specific organoleptic characteristics that made them famous in the world. The PGI Red Orange of Sicily, the fruit with a sweet taste and characteristic, is commercially available in three varieties: Tarocco, Moro and Sanguinello. Thanks to the valuable nutritional properties and juiciness is to be preferred to the other oranges. And it is good to consume especially at this time of year, because in these months the fruit expresses the best of its beneficial qualities in terms of taste and flavor. Juice or wedges, the Red Orange of Sicily is the closest ally of our health and tasty.

PECORINO SICILIANO DOP

PECORINO SICILIANO DOP  Apri
Loc. SICILIA, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
38 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Caltanissetta, Enna, Pietraperzia
  Brochure PDF
Any cheese is produced from sheep's milk and through the same production techniques. Why, then, the Pecorino Siciliano DOP is a unique and unrepeatable excellence from outside of the source? The quality of the cheese depends on the breed and type of feeding sheep, these factors determine the amount of fat in milk. The pastures from which the flock is fed heavily branded milk product, nutrition grazing spontaneously moved to milk all the flavors and all the perfumes of the territory. Contrary to the dynamics of territoriality and tradition are the industrial processes. Feeding animals with feed and pasteurizing milk, all the aromas present in the raw material. Are obtained in this way the cheese flavor common, approved and without personality. The Sicilian pecorino DOP is made exclusively from whole sheep's milk, fresh and coagulated with lamb rennet. The milk to make cheese comes from sheep raised on pasture spontaneous. Salting is applied manually on each shape. The aging is performed in ventilated rooms naturally and is not less than 4 months. Only in this way the Sicilian pecorino DOP acquires its own personality, keeping itself all the flavors of Sicily.

SPERLINGA

SPERLINGA  Apri
Loc. SPERLINGA EN, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
29 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Nicosia, Agira, Enna
Sperlinga (Sperrenga in Gallo-Italic Spillinga in Sicilian) is an Italian town of 896 inhabitants of the province of Enna in Sicily. The town is part of the circuit of the most beautiful towns in Italy. It is located between the Nebrodi and the Madonie, in the heart of central Sicily, 47 kilometers from Enna. Already defined as a royal residence rock carved into a giant mass of sandstone, Sperlinga etymologically derives from the greek and means cavern cave. The district is characterized by numerous caves carved into the sandstone. Sperlinga is attested as a castrum (and therefore village with castle structures) in a document of 1239. The history of Sperlinga is identified with the history of the families who owned the castle and outbuildings feuds, the Ventimiglia, the Natoli and Oneto. The town, originally a feudal village at the foot of the medieval castle Norman, has expanded from 1597 onwards, when King Philip II granted to John Natoli, the title of prince of Sperlinga, and the privilege to be able to fabricate lands. The Natoli he built the church dedicated to St. John the Baptist outside the walls of the Castle, whose first parish records are dated 1612. The son Francis gave the castle and property to Oneto, Dukes of Sperlinga, in 1658. In the district Capostra' in July 1943, was the famous photo taken by Robert Capa that has become a world-wide symbol of the Allied landings. Included those of Contrada Rossa, Cicera, Perciata, Grotta Vecchia, and within the town that the Dodge dug in front row and overlaid with picturesque streets that together form a rock town, where, every year, the August 16, we celebrate the Festival of Tortone. This folk event is the distribution and tasting local foods typical expression of the best and most genuine culinary tradition of the place. At the center of the proposed food richly laid the delicious Tortone. In the earlier days, the various districts of the country, each represented by a Lady, will compete in various games. The lady in the ward who obtained the highest score is elected Castellana Sperlinga. On August 16, the Castellana, along with other countries Gallo-Italic, participates in the parade, made up of many characters, in period costume, parade along the streets of the country. A jury will elect the Lady countries Gallo-Italic. The evening in the Piazza Castello is cheered by representations of historical events, fireworks, singing and dancing. The castle of Sperlinga is a rare example of castle rock, partly dug into the rock and dating back to the period prior to the Sicilians pre-Greek (XII-VIII century BC), partly built on the same rock, around the year 1080. It is was home to the principles of Ventimiglia until 1597, then the principles of Sperlinga Natoli (1598 to 1658) and then the Duke of Sperlinga Oneto (1658-1861), the last of which gave it in perpetual lease to Baron Nunzio Nicosia, whose descendants donated it to the town of Sperlinga in 1973. it is famous the written posthumously in Latin carved arch pointed arch in the entrance hall of the castle, the Prince's Castle John Natoli: QUOD Siculis placuit SOLA SPERLINGA negavit, that is written posthumously linked to the events of the Sicilian Vespers (1282) when a French garrison of Anjou barricaded himself inside the castle and withstood the siege for over a year.

CACCAMO

CACCAMO  Apri
Loc. CACCAMO PA, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Casteldaccia, Montemaggiore Belsito, Alia
Caccamo (Ca'ccamu in Sicilian) is an Italian town of 8,526 inhabitants in the province of Palermo in Sicily. Are uncertain about the origins and history of the country, given that very few historical documents to draw on for information on the origins. It is assumed that the first layout was made by the Carthaginians, refugees in the country after Himera (in the vicinity of the Termini Imerese) was destroyed by Gelon, tyrant of Syracuse. But have also been found traces of Byzantine and later also some names of neighborhoods and districts in circumstances indicate the presence of a nucleus buckwheat (the same name Caccamo could be of Arabic origin). Later, in 1094, Caccamo was entrusted to the Normans, which was granted in fief to Godfrey de Sageyo. The town is a medieval town dominated by its castle high on a hill in the oldest part of the country. A Caccamo was born architect and Mannerist painter Nicasio Azzarello (Contino and Mantia, 1998), disciple and son of the architect, painter and cartographer Palermo Antonino Spatafora, brother of the architect and painter termitano Vincenzo La Barbera. The Azzarello worked, as an architect at the Quattro Canti (octagon Piazza Villena) of Palermo. His only known painting, as recently documented Contino and Mantia (2001), is the Annunciation Church of the Monastery of Termini Imerese, carried out together with the disciple, the termitano Francesco La Quaraisima.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
9 Km from B&B DONJON
  Area Montemaggiore Belsito, Caccamo, Alia
The flora is the main character of the Park. This botanical paradise and its peaks reaching 1,979 meters above sea level, is home to more than half of the 2,600 species found in Sicily and about 150 of the 200 endemic species. The most representative is the 'Abies Nebrodensis with 29 specimens. The fauna is characterized by 65% of the nesting birds and all mammals in Sicily. Very important are also the geological and landscape. In many ways it is possible to observe extraordinary landscapes including Mount Etna, Nebrodis and the Aeolian Islands, the sunrises and sunsets tinged with gorgeous colors giving it an almost unreal.

Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to CASTELBUONO Petralia Sottana Montemaggiore Belsito Nicosia: 'ENNA'   'GROTTE DELLA GURFA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI FAVARA E BOSCO GRANZA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO'   'OLIVA NOCELLARA DEL BELICE DOP'   'ARANCIA ROSSA DI SICILIA'   'PECORINO SICILIANO DOP'   'SPERLINGA'   'CACCAMO'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE'  

SICILIA


Sicily is the largest Italian Island, separated from the continent by the Strait of Messina and lapped by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas. It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to all tastes ranging from nature to history and tradition. Nature seems to have endowed all of its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the Mediterranean Sea, with its incredible colours, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas. Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily, offers unique and intense sceneries, scents and flavours of an uncontaminated nature. Last but not least, are the great volcanoes, symbols of the irresistible exuberance of this incredibly charming region. The fascination of this region grows with the precious archeological vestiges that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (ancient name for Sicily). The provinces of the region are: Palermo (regional capital), Agrigento, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani.