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Lat: 37° 51' 37.71135" N - Long: 14° 9' 15.77347" E
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Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Geraci Siculo lies on the rocky ridge of a hill.
It is crossed by narrow, winding streets that have left the village with a medieval imprint.
Its history began around the VI century BC, with greek colonization.
Later it was conquered by the Saracens, who left an Arab-style window still visible in the south elevation of the medieval castle.
In the Swabian period the town belonged to the important Ventimiglia family, and became so powerful as to mint its own coins.
During the Vespers war, Enrico Ventimiglia led the Swabian-Aragonese party against the Angevins.
The County of Geraci became later Marquisate, and the lord of Geraci was the most important personality of Sicily Parliament.
Thanks to the many battles won as head of the Catalan army, Giovanni Ventimiglia became in 1422 Viceroy of Naples and Sicily.
There are many monuments to visit in the village as well as the medieval castle: the watering place of the Holy Trinity, the Mother Church, with a beautiful treasure exposed in the crypt, the churches of St Anna, St Giacomo, St Stefano, Santa Maria La Porta; the ancient church of Santa Maria della Cava and the Falconer.
Today we discover...
The only beach that allows you to bathe easily on a turquoise sea
Spiaggia del Porto
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