is a city of nearly 10,000 inhabitants belonging to the Messina
province. It is located on a valley at 450m a.s.l. near the spectacular
Nebrodi Park, in proximity to the junction of the creeks Bunneri,
Capirò and Calagni.
relates that the city was founded by one of Aeneas’ followers,
also founder of Alcara di Fusi in the 12th century BC. It is certain
that in the 12th century AD the city was already developed. First
being a feudal dominion, it gained its independence in 1628.
the past, its economy mainly relied on the copper and tin industries.
Today, it boasts a well-developed agriculture.
has a number of interesting cultural sites. The most attractive
are the Chiesa Madre – with a fine façade with three
doorways, the central of which is surmounted by a 1500s shallow
relief depicting the Madonna and Child with Angels –, the
Chiesa di San Francesco, housing two fine statues representing San
Francesco and San Leo by Antonio and Giacomo Gagini, and the lovely
Chiesa di San Nicolò.
city is dotted with naturalistic sites such as Monte San Pietro,
the Rocca di San Marco, the Pizzo di Cucullo, the Lago di Trearie
Nature Reserve and the Cappella delle Tre Vergini, at the heart
of the Nebrodi Park.