In this article you will find out what to see in Novara di Sicilia. It is a small town of just 1,000 inhabitants located in the midst of the Peloritani Mountains. This picturesque town, rich in history and natural beauty is a hidden treasure that is definitely worth exploring.
1. Historical center of Novara di Sicilia
Once in Novara di Sicilia, it is advisable to leave the car in the parking lot located immediately after crossing the San Sebastiano Bridge and then proceed on foot.
The beating heart of Novara di Sicilia is its fascinating historic center, an intricate maze of quaint medieval alleys. Prominent among these is definitely the Cathedral and its crypts where there are even mummies (of cats, too).
2. The ruins of the castle
Starting from the main square next to the cathedral, it is possible to follow signs leading to the highest point of the village, where there are ruins of the Castle of Novara di Sicilia, which was once an imposing fort. Little remains of the castle today, but from here you will have a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape.
3. The Giorginaro Mill
This site is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing spots in the entire country, being the last water mill still in operation in the surrounding area. During the 19th century, Novara di Sicilia could boast as many as fourteen operational watermills, but a gradual and inexorable crisis led to the closure of all but one. In fact, this mill is still operating today and plays a fundamental function in grinding ancient grains of Sicilian origin, thus generating flours of extraordinary quality.
4. Sicilian Cuisine and Local Traditions
Maiorchino, a tasty cheese similar to pecorino, is produced in Novara di Sicilia.
Fun fact: Every year, every Saturday and Sunday between about mid-January and February, the Maiorchino tournament is held, a real competition in which cheese wheels are rolled through the streets of the village. He thinks this tradition dates back to the seventeenth century.
5. Trekking – Rocca di Novara
Rocca di Novara emerges imposingly and with an elevation of 1340 meters it is the second highest peak in the Peloritani. Trekking enthusiasts can follow an 8-kilometer round trip trail, lasting about 4 hours through dense forests and rugged, rocky terrain.
A large black cross with Jesus crucified is situated on its top, from which one can enjoy a 360-degree panorama among the most impressive in Sicily, in which Aeolian Islands, Tindari, Milazzo, Strait of Messina, Nebrodi, Peloritani, Madonie, Alcantara Valley, Etna and Tyrrhenian Sea.
Guided tour: Reservation required to be made preferably at least 48 hours before departure. For more information and/or reservations: +39 331 345 7538 [email protected]