Lat: 37° 57' 59.32174" N - Long: 13° 58' 25.23347" E
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Gratteri is a pretty village within the Madonie park.
It was born around a castle no longer existing, and in its oldest part still retains in a typical medieval appearance.
The urban center overlooks a territory that enjoys a wide panorama that ranges from the Gulf of Cefalù to the Gulf of Palermo.
The castle was built around the VIII century on top of the San Vito fortress; it was the seat of the Ventimiglia family, whose barony characterized the life of the town for centuries.
In the nineteenth century the ruins were demolished and the material reused to build the church of the New Matrice.
Near the village, the Grattara cave, legendary seat of the Befana, has probably contributed to give the village its name.
Inside the church of the Old Matrice there is a reliquary containing four thorns that would have belonged to the crown of Christ; these thorns are venerated since the Norman period.
A final curiosity: the American scholar with Gratteri origins Livio Tornabene gave the name of Gratteri to a crater of the planet Mars.
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