is a town of about 1,300 standing some 630m a.s.l. in proximity
to the Madonie Park, in the Palermo province. It is surrounded by
beautiful pine and oaks woods and sites such as Pizzo Dipilo.
city boasts an historical importance. Although probably founded
by the Roman, as a coin discovered at the area seems to confirm,
the town design betrays clear Arab-Medieval features. The noble
Roger managed to take it from the Saracens, and subsequently, it
passed onto the Counts of Monforte di Petralia, the Curia di Palermo,
and the Princes Ventimiglia di Geraci and Castelbuono.
1800’s Chiesa Madre, dedicated to St. Michael Archangel, is
one of the town’s most attractive buildings. The Abbazia di
San Giorgio – built in 1140 is the only monastery founded
in Sicily by the Augustinian Reformed Fathers; of its original structure
only remain ruins and a portal from the convent and from an apse
of the church; the 1300’s Chiesa Matrice Vecchia dedicated
to St. Michael Archangel was built at the behest of the noble and
wealthy Ventimiglia; the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Gesù,
built in 1150, is the oldest church in town; it is attached to a
former convent now used as Town Hall.
town is much renowned for its embroidery and for several longed-for
events such as the Saint Joseph’s Festival on 18 March, the
Patron Saint’s Festival on 8 and 9 September in honour of
Saint James Apostle featuring a fine procession.