Caltavuturo

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630 mt. asl

DISCOVER THE MADONIE

At the foot of the Sciara fortress in the Imera valley
The town of Caltavuturo is located on a slope of the Imera valley and rests at the foot of the imposing Sciara cliff, also known as the cliff of Caltavuturo. The name Caltavuturo probably derives from Kalat Abu-Thur, the name of the Arab leader who, in 882, defeated the Byzantines and built a castle. It is thought that a Byzantine fortress already existed on the cliff when the Arabs arrived. After visiting the historic center, which hosts a variety of artistic monuments, one must not miss the trek up to Terravecchia where you can visit the ruins of the castle, the church of Casale, and an old settlement abandoned at the end of the sixteenth century. Numerous paths branch off from the town that cross cultivated land, natural areas with a varied plant and animal life, cliffs that give way to breathtaking landscapes of the Madonie mountains, and the Gazzara gorges, a natural canyon in the forest.
The Caltavuturo area is located in a strategic position close to the Imera valley, a strategic river since prehistoric times for access from the coast to the interior of the island. Its importance is evidenced by the numerous archaeological areas surrounding the town.

ARTISTIC-MONUMENTAL ATTRACTIONS

— Terravecchia archaeological area, ruins of the Terravecchia Castle (9th century)
— Church of Casale (13th century)
— Chiesa Madre, or the Church of Santi Apostoli Pietro e Paolo (16th century)
— Church of Santa Maria La Nova, or La Badia (18th century)
— Church of Sant’Agostino, or Church of the Collegio (18th century)
— Church of Santa Maria del Gesù, or Church of the Convento (17th century)

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The rural landscape, plants and man. Caltavuturo and the biodiversity of the Madonie

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Archeotrekking in the footsteps of the giants