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San Marco d'Alunzio stands on a hill in the Nebrodi Park and overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a magnificent visual scenario that ranges from the Aeolian Islands to Palermo. Its foundation dates back to the 4th century BC. and during the period of Greek domination it was a thriving center called Alontion.
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Events

friday
31
july, 2020

Feast of the Saints Patrons Marco and Nicola

friday
31
july, 2020

Saints Marco and Nicola

sunday
2
august, 2020

St. Basil's Feast and Procession with Basil Torches

saturday
15
august, 2020

Palio dell'Assunta with parade of medieval costumes

sunday
17
january, 2021

Festa di Sant'Antonio Abate and Blessing of Animals

friday
26
march, 2021

Feast of the Crucifix of Aracoeli

wednesday
2
june, 2021

Medieval Day

About the village

San Marco d'Alunzio (Sammarcu in Sicily) is located in Sicily, inside the Parco dei Nebrodi. Its foundation dates back to the 4th century BC. and during the Greek rule it was a flourishing center called Alontion and its own currency. During the Punic wars it was conquered by the Romans, proclaiming it autonomous municipium, renaming it Aluntium and, during this period, the town was characterized by an artistic and economic development of which there is still testimony in the archaeological monuments and in a vast epigraphic literature. With the fall of the Roman Empire of the West, Aluntium was first conquered by the Byzantines, who called it Demenna, and then by the Arabs who surrounded the town of walls. The Normans, defeated the Arabs, made their center of government and called St. Mark in honor of the evangelist and in memory of the first city conquered in Calabria. From the 11th century it was the rule of Roberto Guiscardo degli Altavilla, who chose it as the starting point and as a military garrison for the conquest of Sicily. During this time the monastery of the Benedictine nuns was built with the adjoining church of the Most Holy Savior. Abbot Filangieri and his family ruled the city until the end of feudalism in Sicily. Under the control of the Filingeri family, Saint Mark became an economically and culturally well-developed center and was enriched by many churches. During their rule in the city, famous personalities were born such as Scipione Rebiba, who became a cardinal, born of a Filangieri in the district of San Basilio on February 3, 1504, and Girolamo Lanza, the hermit and founder of the rudiments of Monte Pellegrino to which belonged the young Benedetto Manasseri by Brother. On July 30, 1862, the San Marino City Council decided to add the name of St. John the Apostle to San Marco d'Alunzio, to remind the ancient origins of the center.

They certainly deserve to visit the Temple of Hercules, the ruins of the Norman Castle and the Church of the Most Holy Savior.

Village of San Marco d'Alunzio
Municipality of San Marco d'Alunzio

Metropolitan City of Messina
Sicily Region

Inhabitants: 1.957
Center Altitude: 540 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Protected natural areas:
Nebrodi Park

Municipality
Via Garibaldi - Tel. 0941-797007

BY CAR

  • Traveling on the highway, the closest exits to the center of San Marco d'Alunzio are:
    - Rocca di Capri Leone exit (A20 Messina-Buonfornello)
    - S.Agata di Militello exit (A20 Messina-Buonfornello)

ON THE TRAIN

  • Sant'Agata di Militello station
  • Capo d'Orlando station

BY PLANE

  • Catania airport

San Marco d'Alunzio is present in issue 3 of our digital magazine e-borghi travel.
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From the blog

When we think of Sicily our thinking flies to breathtaking views of all sorts: hills, mountains and seas. This territory is distinguished in its excellence from many points of view: natural, cultural and food and wine. There are then Sicilian territories in which these categories seem to converge as in the Nebrodi Park, near the village of San Marco D'Alunzio. Let's discover it! Amazing nature. Lakes, waterfalls and mountains you will not for...
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