The village of Montalbano Elicona is located in Sicily.
 
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Montalbano Elicona

The mountain of the muse
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Village of Montalbano Elicona
Municipality of Montalbano Elicona

Metropolitan City of Messina
Sicily Region

Population: 2.242
Altitude centre: 920 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Città della nocciola

Protected Natural Areas:
Malabotta Forest Oriented Natural Reserve

Municipality of Montalbano Elicona
Piazza Maria SS della Provvidenza - Montalbano Elicona (ME)
Tel. +39 0941 679012

The village of Montalbano Elicona (Muntarbanu in Sicilian) is characterized by the presence, in the ancient part of the village, an ancient castle that was the summer residence of King Frederick II of Aragon. The appellative Elicona dates back certainly to the Greek colonization. During this period (VII-VIII century B.C.), Dori, thinking to the mythical mount of the Muse, called Helikon a site, coinciding with the rise on which rises the medieval village and a torrent near whose tortuous course justifies the name.

The first testimonies on the existence of the village dates back to the XI century, when it was a State possession. In 1232 it revolted against Frederick II of Swabia, and supported the Pope together with other centers. Later it has belonged to different feudatories: to Matteo Palizzi in 1350, Vinciguerra d'Aragona in 1359, to launch in 1396, the Roman Column, Bonannos in 1587.

Between the churches of artistic interest is certainly stress from the Basilica of Mary Assumed into Heaven (Duomo) with its works of art, in particular those of the Gagini. Montalbano also hosts the "Photographic Museum dr. Eugenio Belfiore", at which they are exposed more than two hundred photographs in black and white that represent more than a century of history of the country and of the whole Sicily.

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Other destinations nearby

Floresta
Floresta
Floresta, in the Nebrodi Mounts Park is famous for its Provola cheese, among the excellences of its traditions. With its 1275 meters s.l.m. it is the highest municipality in Sicily.
Messina - 9.9 KM from Montalbano Elicona
Novara di Sicilia
Novara di Sicilia
The village of Novara di Sicilia is located on the border between the Mounts Nebrodi and Peloritani mountains.
Messina - 10.26 KM from Montalbano Elicona
Castiglione di Sicilia
Castiglione di Sicilia
It tells that when Greeks arrived in Sicily, going up the river Akesine, were found in front of the village of castiglionesi: Castel Leone.
Catania - 18.11 KM from Montalbano Elicona
Castroreale
Castroreale
The village that grew up around the fortress was renamed Castro and subsequently Castroreale, because it was the favorite residence of King Frederick III of Aragon.
Messina - 19.19 KM from Montalbano Elicona
Brolo
Brolo
The village of Brolo is situated along the Tyrrhenian coast, in Sicily, and surrounded by the mountain chain of the Nebrodi.
Messina - 22.26 KM from Montalbano Elicona
Alcara li Fusi
Alcara li Fusi
The village of Alcara li Fusi is located in Sicily within the Nebrodi Park.
Messina - 27.46 KM from Montalbano Elicona

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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