Si Trova: in provincia di Messina
Lat: 38° 1' 22.38127" N - Long: 15° 0' 59.00430" E
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Montalbano Elicona has been included in the list of the 90 most beautiful medieval villages in Italy.
The village, conquered by the Byzantines, assumed the appearance of a fortified fortress; underwent the arab domination, and during the Norman conquest a lombard colony arrived.
Traces about the lombard colony can still be seen today in the lexicon and phonetics of the Montalbano dialect.
The Normans enriched the fortress with towers and it became a state property, remaining so even under the Swabians.
Frederick II rebuilt the castle by inserting it in a general plan to consolidate the Sicilian fortresses.
The Angevins also continued the work of consolidation of the castle which later, with the arrival of Frederick II of Aragon, who chose it as his summer residence, was further fortified, and the village was surrounded by new walls.
Subsequently Montalbano Elicona has been of the Society of Jesus until its annexation to the rest of Italy.
Among the churches of artistic interest it is certainly worth mentioning the Basilica of Maria Assunta in Cielo with its works of art, in particular those by Gagini.
The Church of Santa Caterina, whose façade shows a beautiful portal in Romanesque style, the Church Santo Spirito, dating back to the fourteenth century, and the Sanctuary Maria Santissima della Provvidenza, with a beautiful wooden statue of the Madonna.
In addition to the myriad of stone sculptures, in Montalbano the two magnificent baroque portals of Casa Messina-Ballarino and Casa Mastropaolo stand out on Via Mastropaolo.
Also interesting is the Fontana del Gattuso, called "'u Roggiu".
From Belvedere Portello you can admire the Nebrodi peaks, the Milazzo cape and the Aeolian islands.
Today we discover...
The only beach that allows you to bathe easily on a turquoise sea
Spiaggia del Porto
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