Gangi

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1,000 mt. asl

DISCOVER THE MADONIE

A village rich in history and culture
Gangi is one of the best known and most visited villages in Sicily. Its rich and glorious past is marked by eighteen churches, noble palaces, and artistic treasures. Approaching the town is always a dazzling vision: with its golden houses stacked up on a hill and Mount Etna in the background, it recalls a fantastic nativity scene, or a flock of sheep grazing on a hill. The historical origins of Gangi are intertwined with myth. For a long time, the country was associated with a legendary Cretan settlement in Sicily, Engyon, repeatedly cited by classical authors but eventually vanished. What is clear, however, are the archaeological finds showing settlements in the area since prehistoric times. It’s important to note that over the centuries the town passed through numerous dominations, as did most of Sicily. Visiting the city you will be struck not only by the lavish churches, but also by the number of aristocratic palaces that hark back to a prosperous past. Most of the landmark buildings are in the part of the city that once was surrounded by fourteenth-century walls. The lower part extends upwards with steep and narrow streets which lead to the historic center.
The "Gaginian Itinerary" involves four municipalities of the Madonie - Gangi, Geraci Siculo, Petralia Sottana, and Petralia Soprana - and is the best way to get closer to the works of the Gagini dynasty, but also to the natural and cultural treasures among the four towns.

ARTISTIC-MONUMENTAL ATTRACTIONS

— Cathedral of San Nicola di Bari, or Chiesa Madre, or Matrice (14th century), and Ventimiglia tower
— Sanctuary of Spirito Santo (16th century)
— Abbey of Gangi Vecchio (14th century)
— Church of the Santissimo Salvatore (17th century)
— Church of San Pietro, or della Badia (14th century)
— Church of the Madonna della Catena (14th century)
— Church of San Paolo (16th century)
— Church of San Cataldo (14th century)
— Church of Santa Maria del Gesù (17th century)
— Church and Convent of the Capuchins (17th century)
— Palazzo Sgadari (19th century)
— Palazzo Bongiorno (18th century)
— Palazzo Mocciaro (19th century)
— Gangi Castle (13th century)
— Fountain of the Lion (20th century)
— Cylindrical Tower, or Saracen

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The week of olives, among the magnificent villages of the Madonie