Lat: 37° 36' 51.66143" N - Long: 15° 1' 33.88160" E
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Nicolosi owes its name to the Benedictine monastery of St.Nicola, located in its territory since 1359.
The first houses developed around the monastery, but after many eruptions and destruction, the monastery was abandoned and the inhabitants rebuilt the village in a lower area.
It is considered the Etna gate as it is an almost obligatory destination for those who visit the summits of Mount Etna.
In the past centuries many well-known travelers spent here the night before the climb to the summit craters.
In 1886 the village was threatened by a lava flow wich stopped only 100 m from the first houses; to thanks for the escaped danger, a Chapel of St.Agatha was built.
It recalls the place where Cardinal Dusmet exhorted the saint to save the country.
In the territory of Nicolosi, at high altitude, there are ski slopes and a panoramic cableway; and from here it is possible to reach the summit craters, accompanied by the guides: an unforgettable experience!
What happened in Sicily: 27 November
Today we discover...
St George's Portal
An example of Gothic-Catalan architectural style
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