Castellana Sicula


765 mt. asl


The city of amaretto
Castellana Sicula is a town resting on the southern slope of the Madonie, founded in the seventeenth century. It is said that the name Castellana was given by a feudal lord, the Duke of Ferrandina, in honor of his wife Gemma, a Spanish noble of the Castellana family.
Since the nineties, the town has been famous for its murals that have embellished the streets and alleys by artists who have interpreted the past and the present of the Madonie and Sicily.
Amaretto, an almond cookie, is the sweetest symbol of Castellana. It is a pastry that represents the community, prepared since the 1950s by women in every family.
Although the center is of eighteenth-century origin, archaeological finds in the surrounding area testify how the area was already populated in ancient times: the remains of a Roman villa from the first centuries after Christ, with spas and grape crushers dug into the rock, but above all the early Christian hypogea that rises next to the Roman villa and, higher up, in Contrada Calcarelli.
Castellana is one of the southern gateways to the Madonie Park. Starting at the hypogeums of the Calcarelli district and continuing along a mountain road that crosses the towns of Catalani and Nociazzi, you can arrive at up to 1200 meters above sea level to a plateau where an old restored mill is visible.


— Church of San Francesco di Paola (18th century)
— Church of the Madonna della Catena (19th century)
— Museum of early peasant life
— Archaeological Area of Contrada Muratore and Civic Museum

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