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 AGRITOURISM FARMHOUSE IL MANDORLETO

AGRITOURISM FARMHOUSE
IL MANDORLETO

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RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI SANTO PIETRO

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI SANTO PIETRO  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI SANTO PIETRO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
45 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  Area Mazzarrone, Niscemi, San Cono
The Natural Reserve of Bosco di Santo Pietro, about 20 km from Caltagirone, is one of the most lush and extensive green areas Calatino. The vegetation of the Bosco di Santo Pietro is extremely diverse, thanks to the vast expanse of the reserve, which includes landscapes and environments very different from each other. The fauna of the Bosco di Santo Pietro is rich in species belonging to both invertebrates to vertebrates.

FICODINDIA DI SAN CONO D.O.P.

FICODINDIA DI SAN CONO D.O.P.  Apri
Loc. SAN CONO CT, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
22 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  Area Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone, Aidone
Among the distinctive features of the 'Ficodindia di San Cono' remember the large size of the fruit, the peel from the intense and deep colors, a very delicate scent and taste very sweet. The sweetness and size of the fruit, compared to other production areas of Sicily, appear to be distinctive because of the important parameters related to the peculiarity of the geographical area. The production area of 'Ficodindia di San Cono' includes the territory located at an altitude of between 200 and 600 meters above sea level, in the municipalities of San Cono (CT), San Michele di Ganzaria (CT), Piazza Armerina (EN and Mazzarino (CL ). The particular characteristics of 'Ficodindia di San Cono' develop thanks to the perfect combination of environmental and human factors that characterize the area of production. In fact, the area is equipped with special features, such as altitude and orographic that are essential elements in determining the particular conditions of intensity and quality of light radiation, of alternating cycles of wetting-drying epicarp fruit and the daily temperature, especially during fruit ripening.

SITO ARCHEOLOGICO DI GELA

SITO ARCHEOLOGICO DI GELA  Apri
Loc. GELA - SICILIA  Navigatore
45 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  Area Niscemi, Licata, San Cono
According to Thucydides, the foundation of Gela (ancient Lindioi) was the work of Rhodium-Cretans led by Antifemo and Entimo we are in the year 689 BC The first inhabitants, after fierce battles with pre-existing populations, began to penetrate into the interior. Going across the river Gela began the process of Hellenization who later involved other nearby villages (Ariaiton, Maktorion and Omphake, the current Butera). Gela reached its peak between the sixth and fifth centuries BC emerged as a dominant center greek. Under the tyrants Cleander, Hippocrates and Gelon assuming an important political and military, in opposition to block the Carthaginian who ruled western Sicily. With the revolt of 450 BC for autonomy from Greece, Gela began to take the road of decline. After a period of stagnation, was finally destroyed by the Carthaginians and the Agrigentini around 280 BC Gela in the neighborhood are many archaeological sites, evidence of a long period of time from the Age of the copper comes to the Middle Ages. The Hill Molino a Vento is a Neolithic necropolis with graves round. Of particular interest is the acropolis of the Greek city, with its sacred buildings, the walls of the sixth century BC, the dwellings. Return Sopranos you can see the walls of the fort, built by Timoleon in the fourth century BC To the outside world, outside the city walls, shrines dedicated to the gods Demeter and Kore and the Hellenistic quarter of the fourth century BC with public toilets. Bitalemi and Piano Notaro buildings are tombs and the ruins of suburban sanctuaries. Finally, we must mention Manfria, presenting evidence of the Bronze Age, stages of rhodium-Cretans and the Middle Ages (the same name is famous lookout tower). The specimens collected during this century in the various archaeological sites mentioned above, are kept in the Archaeological Museum of Molino a Vento. Very well known are the Corinthian vases of the seventh and sixth centuries BC, the antefixes mask sileniche and Gorgon, the sacred statues depicting Demeter and Kore, the fragments of Attic pottery. Very interesting is the Horsehead fifth century BC, forming a decorative acroterial. Several are also objects of gold and silver, as a fan earrings and other jewelry found in large quantities in various buildings tomb.

VILLA DEL CASALE

VILLA DEL CASALE  Apri
Loc. PIAZZA ARMERINA - SICILIA  Navigatore
13 Km from IL MANDORLETO
Altitude: 573 mt. a.s.l.  Area San Cono, Aidone, Pietraperzia
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The Villa del Casale is a rural estate of the late Roman ruins of which are situated on the outskirts of Piazza Armerina (EN) , in Sicily. Since 1997 is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site . In the famous mosaics of the villa worked African craftsmen (and possibly Roman , as evidenced by some reasons derivation definitely urban) for a set of about 3500 m² . Each of the four cores of the villa is arranged according to its own axis directional . However all axes converge at the center of the basin of the quadrangular peristyle . Despite the apparent asymmetry planimetric , the villa is therefore the result of a project and organic unit that builds on the current models of the time in private villa (villa with peristyle with apsidal hall and dining tricora ) , we introduced a series of changes that can to confer originality and extraordinary monumentality whole complex. The unit of the building is also evidenced by the functionality of the inside and the division between public and private parties . The timing of construction, were initially evaluated in a period of fifty to eighty years, and then reduced to about five to ten years. Today we tend to believe in a short duration of the work. The function of the salt is almost always suggested by allusions in the floor mosaics . The division into three distinct nuclei , also from the point of view of the axes , and materially divided permitted uses separated , without the risk of confusion or rumors . The great feature of the research was linked to an exaggerated perspective effects and floor plans with curved lines (especially in the spa and in the triclinium south). The succession vestibulo- court - narthex - apse , already in use during the Late Roman Empire courtly architecture ( such as the Basilica of Constantine in Trier ) , with a significant interchangeability of the tem will be resumed as Christian basilicas (ancient basilica of St. Peter in Vatican ) and, later , the Arab mosques . The villa pavilions or core is not an isolated type in Piazza Armerina , but as well as being documented in another Sicilian villa in Noto, has precise correspondences villas in African and owes its original model to the Villa Adriana Tivoli .

PECORINO SICILIANO DOP

PECORINO SICILIANO DOP  Apri
Loc. SICILIA, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
25 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  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.

PIETRAPERZIA

PIETRAPERZIA  Apri
Loc. PIETRAPERZIA ENNA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
11 Km from IL MANDORLETO
Altitude: 462 mt. a.s.l.  Area Caltanissetta, Piazza Armerina, Enna
Based on the indications of historians and geographers Pietraperzia seems to have originated from an ancient Greek colony in Sicily called Caulonia . Pietraperzia due to the Saracen domination both the name and its prosperity . Golden age for Pietraperzia can be considered the sixteenth century when Barresi , barons of the city, were promoted prior to the dignity of Marquis Matthew Barresi III , the founder of Barry (1529), and then with the principles of Peter Barresi (1564 ) . The Castle of Pietraperzia their house then became coveted hangout of the lover of culture and politics. Was the serious social crisis that swept through the city , culminating in the tragic establishment of an armed by Antonino Di Blasi, understood Testalonga , which he created , in little more than two years of banditry (1765-1767) , un'esteso climate of terror in Sicily . Since 1926 Pietraperzia joined the new province of Enna. Among the buildings include: the Mother Church , the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Cava , the Governor's Palace ( XVI century). The Pyramid of Pietraperzia On the plateau of Cirummeddi ( Cerumbelle ) are a series of natural acrocori including that of the pyramid. It consists of a set of probable Neolithic megalithic structures , which are ed later buildings until the late Middle Ages . The appearance is hilly and pyramidal height of about 12 meters. The base of the structure, 55 meters long and 30 wide , is composed of three tiers of terraces cut off vertically by four stairways carved through which you access the overlying terraces connected by ramps inclined planes . The steps correspond to the four cardinal points. The monument has two constructive ideas by the strong symbolic connotation : that of the circle (its circumference) and that of the square (the plant construction on the upper floors engaged in it ) . Feast of the patron Maria SS. Cava August 14 and 15 , August 16 Feast of the patron St. Rocco

CALTAGIRONE

CALTAGIRONE  Apri
Loc. CALTAGIRONE - SICILIA  Navigatore
34 Km from IL MANDORLETO
Altitude: 553 mt. a.s.l.  Area San Cono, Niscemi, Mazzarrone
rich clay earth, Caltagirone is known worldwide for its handmade pottery that still employs hundreds of artisans. The art of tiles has very ancient origins: the first ovens date back, in fact, the Muslim period and the Normans and testify of an activity which has never been extinguished over the centuries. Over time, the craftsmen, such cannatari, have perfected the techniques and decorative showing great originality, preserving, however, the Moorish motifs and colors of the tradition (blue, copper green, yellow gold, manganese). A myriad of shops soul the narrow streets of the city by exposing typical of this ancient art products: tiles, chandeliers, whistles, plates, jars, vases. The production of the latter was particularly thriving because it used for storage of honey, a typical product of the area. The jars were rather traditionally used by apothecaries for their pharmacies. Among the ocher-colored buildings rising churches, baroque bell towers and the beautiful Town Park, public garden among the finest in Italy, built in 800 by Giovanni Battista Filippo Basile (Ernesto's father, master of the Sicilian Liberty). The historic center of Caltagirone extends along two main arteries: Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Roma. The first overlook beautiful baroque palaces, among which Palazzo Gravina, and the Norman church of San Giacomo that houses precious works of art inside. At the beginning of Via Roma, which leads from the old town to the new town, it lies the 'Tondo Vecchio', scenic shaped building portico, designed by Francesco Battaglia to celebrate the opening of the road. Along the way they meet various churches and polychrome ceramic balcony of Palazzo Ventimiglia. The Town Hall Square is the point of intersection of two main roads and on it faces, in addition to the Municipality Palace, the Senate Palace, the current seat of the Municipal Theatre and Don Sturzo Gallery. In nearby Piazza Umberto I stands the Cathedral of San Giuliano, construction of beginning of the eighteenth century (although the facade of the early twentieth century). Next to the Duomo is the Court Capitaniale, the most original building in the city, built on one floor and refined by a series of windows and portals built in the XVI - XVII century by Domenico and Antonuzzo Gagini. Traditionally the element of tourist attraction for the city is the impressive staircase: hundred and forty steps linking the upper town to the lower town. The staircase was built by Giuseppe Giacalone at the beginning of '600 and in 1954 the risers for each step were coated with majolica tiles, in a riot of geometric motifs, anthropomorphic and phytomorphic. From the square the nineteenth-century Town Hall is therefore arrives at the Santa Maria del Monte church, founded in 1100 and redesigned by Francesco Battaglia in the eighteenth century, it has a basilica plan and houses inside the precious Madonna of Condominiums, interesting work of the thirteenth century Byzantine.

SPERLINGA

SPERLINGA  Apri
Loc. SPERLINGA - SICILIA  Navigatore
35 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  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.

LA MORGANTINA

LA MORGANTINA  Apri
Loc. AIDONE - SICILIA  Navigatore
20 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  Area Piazza Armerina, San Cono, Caltagirone
The Archaeological Museum of Aidone, built in the seventeenth-century Capuchin monastery and opened a little over twenty years ago, is the ideal connection between the town and the ancient past of this territory. When we wrote Lombard settlers settled here, had no idea that they were not the first to choose residence as this area of Sicily. They believed that the scattered stones that emerged in the countryside, a few kilometers east of Aydon, belonged to the town of Herbita and Morgantina. Only in 1955, an expedition of archaeologists from the University of Princeton was able to identify Morgantina, highlighting what was left after the destruction ordered by Octavian in 36 BC The importance of Morgantina is mainly linked to the fact that his discovery has allowed archaeologists to investigate - through the direct vision of precious relics and architectural structures - the relationship between the indigenous communities of Sicily and the Greeks, from the sixth century BC, undertook the colonization of the inland areas of the island. Finds that today are largely held by the Museum of Aidone, arranged by theme and chronology, to show visitors the various events of the town. What we call indigenous, to tell the truth were in turn came from outside: the Sicilians - and in this case the tribe Morgeti - came from the Italian peninsula, from which it had come about a thousand years before Christ. They drove back to the west and south Sicanians and settled in various places on the island, including the just plain between the hills where they founded Morgantina. A place that, even today, still retains its wild and lonely beauty. Around 560 BC, colonists from the coast took possession of the city. At first it was peaceful cohabitation, following instead the Greeks began a tematic abuse of the natives, seizing, for example, their cults and ellenizzandoli. In 459, Morgantina was conquered and destroyed by the army of Ducetius, the head of synteleia (alloy of Sicily), violently repressed by the Greeks. The town moved so close by, in the district of Serra Orlando. Within a short time, thanks to its favorable position on the road connecting the northern coast of Sicily to its southern part, became one of the most important agricultural hinterland, reaching great prosperity and wealth, especially during the period of Timoleon and Agathocles (fourth century) and especially in the long reign of Hiero II (275-215 BC).

PIAZZA ARMERINA

PIAZZA ARMERINA  Apri
Loc. PIAZZA ARMERINA ENNA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
14 Km from IL MANDORLETO
Altitude: 687 mt. a.s.l.  Area Aidone, San Cono, Caltagirone
Piazza Armerina is located on a hill south of the mountains Erei , in central Sicily , almost 700 meters above sea level and within walking distance from Enna . E ' in the middle of a vast archaeological area classic , has been inhabited since prehistoric times, at least the seventh century . B.C. onwards. We have no available documents of the time of the Norman conquest in Sicily that we can illuminate the Square Byzantine and Arab possibly pre-existing . Its history is linked to that of the Norman conquest from 1061 when the blond Nordic warriors , besieged Messina after Enna ( not being able to take ) and facing harsh battles on the river Ditta'ino and Cerami . Gaufredus Malaterra , monaco at St. Agatha of Catania and Norman chronicler , in the work of Roger De rebus gestis Calabriae et Siciliae Comitis , described in detail the route of the army in the company of Norman Sicily , and appointed some areas of our territory which probably passed the Count, as Anaor and Naurcium (probably Naone and Mountain of March ), but no document that shows the name of Piazza , however, begins to appear, such as the Latin name platia or Placia or the greek Platza in diplomatic around 1122, while the Arabic name Iblatasah appears in two of Simon Aleramico diplomas , one in 1141 and the other 1148 . The Aragonese Castle was built at the end of 1300, the days of King Martin I of Aragon, who lived there for a long time , while the old castle , which was located on the opposite end of the hill, was dismantled and sold to the Franciscans to build an convent . Of the original building , elevated significantly in height in order to triple rooms, there remain only two rooms . The monuments, churches, ancient buildings, the Sicilian Baroque style that adorns them , makes a splendid city of Piazza Armerina Art . Walking through the streets of the historic center , you have the feeling of reliving the ancient splendor . Among the archaeological sites of interest, the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the late third century AD Beautifully decorated with beautiful mosaics , was discovered in the late 1800s before being fully brought to light in the mid- 900.

ENNA

ENNA  Apri
Loc. ENNA - SICILIA  Navigatore
11 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  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.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI - CAMPANITO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
43 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  Area Sperlinga, Agira, Cesarò
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.

CALTANISSETTA

CALTANISSETTA  Apri
Loc. CALTANISSETTA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
16 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  Area Pietraperzia, Enna, Canicattì

Caltanissetta e' una delle province della regione Sicilia. Si trova nella parte interna dell''isola ai piedi del monte San Giuliano. Questa sua posizione geografica ha favorito notevolmente l''insediamento di varie popolazioni tra cui i Siculi, i Sicani e soprattutto i Greci. In seguito nell''829 venne conquistata dagli Arabi e prese il nome di Kastra-Nissa. Successivamente venne dominata dai Normanni, dagli Svevi, dagli Angioini e dagli Aragonesi e poi da alcune signorie siciliane. Nel 1860 venne poi annessa al Regno d''Italia dopo un lungo dominio di Spagnoli e Borboni. Questa grande storia eterogenea ha lasciato tracce indelebili sul territorio nisseno: si trovano infatti bellissimi siti archeologici, castelli medievali con torri di avvistamento, palazzi e bellissime chiese di vari comuni, impianti minerari (solfare) ed i forni di arricchimento dello zolfo (gills) oggi rimasti come testimonianza dell''industria solfifera siciliana. Da vedere: Castello di Falconara: originariamente questo castello era una torre di avvistamento. Questa costruzione sorge sulla costa a ovest di Gela e nel corso dei secoli ha subito numerose modifiche che gli hanno conferito l''aspetto di un vero e proprio maniero medievale. Nei primi anni del XIX secolo divenne proprieta di Giorgio Wilding che fece aggiungere alla costruzione originaria un salone ed un grande terrazzo a picco sul mare. Successivamente il castello passo ai Chiaramonte che impreziosirono le stanze con quadri, ceramiche e mobili antichi di grande pregio. Abbazia di Santo Spirito: questa e' probabilmente la chiesa piu antica di Caltanissetta. E'' stata costruita prima dell''anno Mille, e' in stile romanico e possiede tre absidi. Nel corso dei secoli ha subito numerose modifche e al suo interno sono conservati dipinti ed opere di grande valore, tra cui antichi testi sacri ed una bellissima fonte battesimale ottenuta da un''urna cineraria romana. Cattedrale: questa chiesa venne edificata tra il 1570 ed il 1622: e' in stile neoclassico ed la pianta a croce latina con tre navate separate da due ordini di colonne. Le navate laterali presentano bellissime nicchie con Statue della Vergine, di gesu Risorto e di alcuni Santi. All''interno della chiesa vi sono anche splendidi affreschi di Guglielmo Borremans (1720) che decorano le colonne, gli altari e la volta. Di notevole pregio sono anche l''organo in stiile barocco e la statua di San Michele Arcangelo (patrono della citta) delXVII secolo (opera di Stefano Li Volsi). La cattedrale ha subito recentamente nuovi restauri. Chiesa di San Sebastiano: questa bellissima chiesa si trova in Piazza Garibaldi accanto alla cattedrale. E''stata costruita nel XVI secolo come dono a San Sebastiano da parte del popolo della citta per ringraziarlo della liberazione dalla pesta bubbonica. Nel corso dei secoli questa chiesa ha subito ingrandimenti, rimaneggiamenti e restauri: la nuova facciata che possiede ricchi elementi architettonici risale ai primi anni del XIX secolo e venne realizzata dall''architetto Pasquale Saetta.

OLIVA NOCELLARA DEL BELICE DOP

OLIVA NOCELLARA DEL BELICE DOP  Apri
Loc. PETRALIA SOTTANA - SICILIA  Navigatore
25 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  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.

UVA DA TAVOLA DI CANICATTI IGP

UVA DA TAVOLA DI CANICATTI IGP  Apri
Loc. CANICATTI AG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from IL MANDORLETO
Altitude: 447 mt. a.s.l.  Area Caltanissetta, Agrigento, Pietraperzia
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The Table Grape Canicatti' PGI acini spheroidal ellipsoidal-sized medium-large, characterized by a fleshy pulp and crisp, sweet with delicate aroma of muscat. The skin is pale yellow - golden straw yellow. The production area of Canicatti' Table Grape PGI includes several municipalities in the province of Agrigento and Caltanissetta. The vine arrived in the Mediterranean as early as 600 BC. The Phoenicians were known in France, while the Romans in Germany. In particular, the cultivation of the type Italian, although it was introduced in the first half of the twentieth century, he said only in the early '70s in the area of Canicatti', where he took the place of the traditional cereal crops, almond and legumes. Produced nell'agrigentino appreciated and recognized in various parts of the world, the Italian grapes of Canicatti' is creation of the illustrious geneticist Alberto Piovano through the intersection of two varieties, Bicane and Muscat d'Hamburg. The result of this intersection is a grape-looking, large size and very durable. You can store it for over a month, if placed in a humid environment at low temperatures. In addition to the canon fresh consumption, the grapes can be used as an ingredient in desserts, jams and juices. Disinfectant and antiviral, diuretic and laxative.

SCALA DI S. MARIA DEL MONTE

SCALA DI S. MARIA DEL MONTE  Apri
Loc. SAINT MARIA OF MONTE, SCALA S. MARIA DEL MONTE, CALTAGIRONE CATANIA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
34 Km from IL MANDORLETO
Altitude: 603 mt. a.s.l.  Area San Cono, Niscemi, Mazzarrone
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The Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte was built in 1606 to connect the old part of Caltagirone , a town in the province of Catania, the new city built on the top . The staircase , over 130 meters long , is lined with buildings balconati and has become the emblem of the city and one of its meraviglie.Era was originally built to changes that interrupted the slope by workers coordinated by the gigantic royal master builder Joseph Giacalone . In 1844 it amalgamated the various ramps, designed by the architect Salvatore Marino. Thus were born the hundred and forty steps of the steps of Santa Maria del Monte, who since 1954 is entirely decorated in the risers of the steps, with ceramic tile polychrome majolica produced by Artisan Caltagirone . In a show of every step we applied a coating of polychrome majolica , of the same type as that over the centuries has made the city famous . The tiles are decorated with island ranging from the tenth to the twentieth century, collected and adapted - is written at the bottom of the scale - by Antonino Ragona . The effect is marvelous and spectacular glance . The scale of the hundred and forty steps is lit annually on 24 and 25 July ( for the feast of St. James, patron saint of the city) , from thousands of candles to flame alive. Because on this occasion is interrupted every form of electric lighting, the visual result that comes out is a kind of lava flow, a river of fire that in his throbbing brightness draws elegant decorative figures , the result of the ability of a master builder , under the orders of which employs dozens of workers to the arrangement of the lamps . To form the singular tapestry of fire is a set of four thousand lanterns called lumere . The scale illumination has an ancient history . The first to have thought , towards the end of 1700, a bright design , was the architect Bonaiuto . But it must be a monk, Benedetto Papale , the phantasmagoric scene of the illuminated staircase . For forty years the Monaco designed motifs , mainly flowers, to great effect . The accommodation at predetermined pattern of illumination requires a month of preparation. The employees if they handed down the art from father to son .

ARANCIA ROSSA DI SICILIA

ARANCIA ROSSA DI SICILIA  Apri
Loc. PETRALIA SOTTANA - SICILIA  Navigatore
25 Km from IL MANDORLETO
Altitude: 622 mt. a.s.l.  Area Caltanissetta, Enna, Pietraperzia
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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.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SUGHERETA DI NISCEMI

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SUGHERETA DI NISCEMI  Apri
Loc. NISCEMI - SICILIA  Navigatore
44 Km from IL MANDORLETO
  Area Mazzarrone, Gela, Caltagirone
In the cork Niscemi, along with holm oaks, are represented evergreen shrubs typically Mediterranean scrub-forest. The magnificent forest is now a thing of the past, but are still interesting environments where there are mastic trees, carob, wild olive, myrtle, arbutus, phillyrea and the dwarf palm. The undergrowth is rich and bright populated by a diverse fauna that includes wild cats and foxes; mice and dormice dormouse. Small warblers nest in the woods, the great spotted woodpecker and the hoopoe.

AGYRION

AGYRION  Apri
Loc. AGIRA EN, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
31 Km from IL MANDORLETO
Altitude: 617 mt. a.s.l.  Area Sperlinga, Enna, Nicosia
Agyrion (Agyrium for the Romans, today Agira in the province of Enna) was a city, and then the first Sicilian Greek. It was the birthplace of the historian Diodorus (first century BC). It was ruled by tyrants, one of which, Agyris, was the most powerful ruler of central Sicily. He was a contemporary of Dionysius the Elder, and was able to stand with him to the Carthaginian forces commanded by Magone who invaded the territory of Agyrion in 392 BC Agyrion became the only Greek city in 339 BC when Timoleon the Corinthian, drove out the last tyrant and settled a colony of 10 000 Greeks, as reported by Diodorus. Also according to Diodorus Timoleon built beautiful buildings. Diodorus attributes to the creation of the temenos of Herakles and Iolaus of Geryon and the nearby lake. Around the middle of the fifth century B.C. Agyrion to be some of the first coins minted in bronze, which represent one of the first examples of fiduciary money, that is money whose value was not determined by the intrinsic value of the metal content. The Romans called Agirium. From Agyrium was a certain Apollodorus, one of the most influential citizens of the town, who testified against Verres. From prayer is the image of a city, however industrious and wealthy, robbed by Verres. It was evangelized by St. Philip, known as Syriac, which took the name which he held until 1860.

Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to ENNA Pietraperzia Piazza Armerina Caltanissetta: 'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI SANTO PIETRO'   'FICODINDIA DI SAN CONO D.O.P.'   'SITO ARCHEOLOGICO DI GELA'   'VILLA DEL CASALE'   'PECORINO SICILIANO DOP'   'PIETRAPERZIA'   'CALTAGIRONE'   'SPERLINGA'   'LA MORGANTINA'   'PIAZZA ARMERINA'   'ENNA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI'   'CALTANISSETTA'   'OLIVA NOCELLARA DEL BELICE DOP'   'UVA DA TAVOLA DI CANICATTI IGP'   'SCALA DI S. MARIA DEL MONTE'   'ARANCIA ROSSA DI SICILIA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SUGHERETA DI NISCEMI'   'AGYRION'  

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.