Places of interest

Places of interest

Castelbuono, where the Ventimiglia Castle overlooks

Castelbuono, inhabited since the Neolithic, is an interesting melting pot of Greek, Byzantine, Arabian, and Norman Art. The toponym of Castelbuono appeared for the first time in 1329, on some official papers. A great-value building is the fourteenth-century Ventimiglia Castle, showing a quadrangular plan, amazing richly decorated halls with beautiful portals and Gothic windows. Around the XV Century, the relics of St. Anna were brought into the castle, Saint who became, later, the patron of Castelbuono.


Palatina Castelbuono Chapel

Along its main road, it is possible admiring the fountain of the Venere Ciprea, from the XV Century. Among the many important and interesting examples of religious architecture, there are the Church of St. Maria degli Angeli, the Church of Maria Santissima Assunta, and the Church of St. Vincenzo.

Gratteri and its medieval-shaped old town

Gratteri (in the District of Palermo) has been on the territory since the time between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, while the core of the settlement was founded in the IX Century, while a Muslim military district was being built. Its Arabian origins can be easily found in the many toponym and in the number of architectonical examples.

Among the amenities offered by Gratteri to its guests, there is the typical medieval old town, the ruins of the Castle, the Main Church located in the center of the town, which shows an incredible wooden pulpit, as well as the Church of St. Sebastiano. Few kilometres away from the ancient hamlet, there is the Abbey of St. Giorgio, from the Norman period, which is definitely worth a visit.


Gibilmanna Sanctuary

Gibilmanna and the Sanctuary that used to be a monastery of Benedictines 

The Arabian and Norman denomination left many precious testimonies of the enchanting Gibilmanna, such as the Museum of Fra Giammaria from Tusa, which twists and turns over ten rooms, has an important library, and it is annexed to the Sanctuary of Gibilmanna.

The famous Sanctuary of Gibilmanna, which is dedicated to the worship of the Santissima Vergine, originally was a Benedictine monastery, abandoned around the Tenth Century, during the Saracen seizure. When the Normans expelled the Saracens from Sicily, monastic institutions thrived again also in Gibilmanna. In 1228, it obtained the title of Priory, while the religious complex was committed to the Capuchins in 1535.


The ancient and amazing Sicilian festivals


During your stay at Hotel la Plumeria, or at Elaia, both located in Cefalù (District of Palermo), in Sicily, you can admire the ancient and amazing Sicilian festivals.

Processione Venerdì Santo

In Cefalù, the religious Easter traditions are really felt. The moving and solemn Processione del Venerdì Santo (Good Friday Procession), winds along the streets of the town, where the sacred images of the Dead Christ and Mary of the Sorrows are brought.

Processione dei Misteri

Every year, during the Holy Week, along the alleys of the old town of Caltanissetta, ancient and century-old traditions come back to life. Amongst several processions, the Processione dei Misteri(Procession of Mysteries), which takes place on the Holy Thursday, roots at the end of the Eighteenth Century. After a few changes, starting from 1800, this depiction has occurred with sixteen statues, made by Neapolitan artisans.


Ntinna A Mari

La Fruottula

The Fruottula, which in Italian sounds like the Bread Festival, is one of the most ancient tradition testimonies of Cefalù, which reminds of the celebrations of ancient guilds and workforces. The Fruottula symbolises the strong relation between the labor and the ground, fact that clearly arises through the peculiar setup of the parade carts that, on this occasion, are decked with early products and flowers in season.

Sarbaturi Nicu

The Most Holy Saviour is celebrated on the 2nd of July too, by the event called Most Holy Saviour in the Tower, also known as “U Sarbaturi nicu” or “Sarbaturieddu”, meaning the Little Saviour. Within a lofty alchemy of mysticism and folk, this particular festival sees a melting between sacred and secular.

Ntinna A Mari

The Ntinna a mari, literally antenna into the sea, is a traditional game performed on the 6th of August, which is the last day of the celebrations for the Most Holy Saviour of the Transfiguration. In front of the small port of Cefalù, they place a greasy pole, on which end a flag is placed, which has to be grabbed by the contenders.


Procession on the Sea Cefalù

Ra Pasta a Taianu

The most typical dish of Cefalù is the Ra Pasta a Taianu, which is prepared between the 4th and the 6thof August, and on the 15th of the same month, on occasion of the celebration of the Most Holy Saviour of the Transfiguration.

Processione sul Mare

On the 14th of August, occurs the wonderful Procession on the Sea. This ceremony gathers the support of a number of boats, decked on purpose, which carry the statue of Our Lady from Kalura to the old port, and back.

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