A part of the Sicilian Appennine, the Madonie offer many enchanting views and fascinating landscapes.
They play an important role, from a geological point of view, and they are listed in the European Geoparks network of natural reserves relevant to the European geological heritage.
As a matter of fact, the oldest rocks in Sicily, formed presumably during the Triassic era, can be found on these mountains.
The Madonie territory presents a unique biodiversity heritage, offering to its visitors uncontaminated and enchanting environment. You can discover the Madonie through its various itineraries including natural landscapes, rural culture, art, history and traditions.
Along its trails, one can easily come across monumental trees of historical evidence of human life in this territory.
This territory offers indeed a unique naturalistic experience. The Sicilian fir (Abies nebrodensis), for instance, can only be found in this 40,000-hectare-wide territory. It also offers unique products such as the famous manna of the Madonie, a natural resin extracted from some varieties of ash, the Isnello blond orange, Sicilian black bee cardoon honey, hazelnuts from Polizzi Generosa and much more.
Wandering through the Madonie, you can experience a landscape in which a perfectly harmonic dimension between man and nature can be found. Here, where biodiversity is the true protagonist, the flavours and the aromas of nature envelop man in a unique naturalistic experience.
The highest peak is Pizzo Carbonara, 1,979 metres high. Cefalù is the best place from which to access the Madonie and enjoy a trip on the mountains, suspended between the sea and the sky. As a matter of fact, Cefalù is also known as the doorway to the Madonie, a trait d’union between the sea and the mountains.