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The hyblaean mountains: photos, description (Monti Iblei)

Iblean mountains located in the South-Eastern part of Sicily, serving as natural protection of the territory. Numerous small towns and villages scattered on the slopes and mountains and at their foot, has maintained the rural traditions of the past, carrying them through the centuries. The dominant feature of the local landscape is the carob - carob tree with shiny dark green leaves, often standing alone. It is from the name of this tree is as gold "Karat" - once the fruit of the carob were used for weighing precious metal. Another characteristic feature of the mountainous area are the walls of dry stone masonry found throughout the area, - usually they were erected to indicate the boundaries of cultivated fields. Such structures, requiring the hands of true masters can be seen in Puglia.

The hyblaean mountains - popular destination for vacation among lovers of natural beauty and among art lovers. The two-day tour with a length of 130 km involves an overnight stay in the historic towns of Palazzolo Acreide or Caltagirone. But if a little to deviate from the route, you can drop in Buscemi, known for its wonderful panoramic views. Buscemi is a small village with an unusual and very interesting Museum And luoghi del lavoro contadino", eight rooms scattered across the center of the settlement. In the Museum you can get acquainted with the daily life and traditions of the inhabitants of the Hyblaean mountains. Among the exhibition venues - the blacksmith shop, oil mill, home of the farmer and laborer, master Shoe master and the carpenter, a mill and a small film archive. Among the other attractions Buscemi - the Baroque Church of the virgin Mary (Chiesa Madre), the Church of SV. Anthony of Padua and St. Sebastian and the so-called "farm block" with a small stone buildings.

Another interesting town Vizzini, which became the scene of some of the stories of acclaimed writer Giovanni Verga. Here you can see mentioned in the books of a building, for example, local tavern, Church of Santa Teresa, aristocratic palaces, the Palazzo Verga and Palazzo Municipale and the old quarter of tanners. The Chiesa Madre Church is notable for the Gothic-Norman portal, the only building in town that survived after the earthquake of 1693, the year.

October in grammichele, restored after the devastating earthquake should visit the beautiful square with the Chiesa Madre and the Palazzo Comunale, which houses archaeological artifacts. 15 km away lies the town of Caltagirone, the streets of which are seen the outlines of the majestic volcano Etna.

Further along the route lies Licodia Eubea is a town built on the ruins of the ancient Greek settlement founded in the 7th century BC should be considered Here, the Palazzo Vassallo with a Baroque façade and a portal with columns, the Church of the 18th century and ruins of the medieval castle overlooking the valley and an artificial lake.

Next stop is the small town of Chiaramonte Gylfi, which preserved a medieval appearance. To get into the old city through the arch of the Annunziata, which leads to local attractions the churches of San Giovanni and Chiesa Madre, the palaces of 18-19 centuries, the Villa Comunale. Around the city grows a beautiful pine forest.

Finally, the route by the Iblean mountains brings tourists to the town of Monterosso almo old churches and then to Giarratano, where every year is held a unique Festival of onions. From here you can climb to the top of mount Lauro, which offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings.