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.
Village of Montalbano Elicona
Municipality of Montalbano Elicona
Metropolitan City of Messina
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
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