Geraci Siculo

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1,070 mt. asl

DISCOVER THE MADONIE

Th "pearl of the Madonie”
Geraci Siculo is a delightful village on the eastern slopes of the Madonie known for its mineral water springs, for its monuments, and for impressive landscapes. It has earned itself the title “pearl of the Madonie.” The etymology of the name seems to refer to the Greek “jerax,” meaning vulture. The village has been inhabited since prehistoric times according to the dating of metal objects found in the surrounding countryside. However, the urban layout found today is typically medieval, with suggestive narrow and winding alleys, churches set between houses, and the remains of a castle rising up upon a rock. During the Arab phase and up to the fifteenth century, Geraci was one of the most important outposts of the Madonie. Surrounding villages and valleys that led inland from the sea were controlled from this capital town. Its favorable geographical position can still be seen today in the stupendous views that open up from the town to the surrounding territories.
One of the most popular destinations is the “Salto del Ventimiglia,” a panoramic point with a unique glass installation that allows you to look out into the void. According to a legend, Count Francesco Ventimiglia, during the riots of 1308, jumped from this ravine while being chased by his enemies.

ARTISTIC-MONUMENTAL ATTRACTIONS

— Ruins of the Ventimiglia Castle
— “Bevaio” of the Holy Trinity (16th century)
— Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, or Chiesa Madre (14th century)
— Church of Santo Stefano (17th century)
— Church of Sant’Anna (13th century)
— Church of San Giacomo (14th century)
— Church of the Collegio di Maria (18th century)
— Church of San Giuliano (15th century)
— Church of Santa Maria La Porta (15th century)
— Church of San Bartolo (16th century)
— Convent of the Padri Cappuccini (17th century)

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Petralia Towns and Geraci Siculo. On foot through the beautiful landscapes and villages of the Madonie

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