Capo d’Orlando, is located in the area of Nebrodi, a small Sicilian mountain range, on the northern coast of Sicily.
From here, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Aeolian Islands
The most important monuments of this pretty city are:
FONDAZIONE MUSEO FAMIGLIA PICCOLO DI CALANOVELLA
The Museum Foundation “Famiglia Piccolo di Calanovella” was founded in the 70’s on the initiative of the poet Casimiro Piccolo to protect the cultural, artistic and naturalistic heritage of the family villa, after the death of his brother Lucio.
The Piccolo family from Calanovella moved to a late 19th century villa on the hill of Capo d’Orlando in the 1930s.
They were three brothers with high artistic and scientific ambitions: Lucio was a poet and photographer, Casimiro a poet, Giovanna Agata a scholar of botany.
In the villa are preserved collections of precious ceramich, paintings, volumes and important documents.
It is highly recommended to take a walk in the park of the villa, where, among rare Mediterranean plants and trees, visitors can find one of the few private cemeteries in the world.
COMPLESSO ARCHEOLOGICO VILLA ROMANACON TERME DI BAGNOLI
In 1987, after several excavation operations, the ruins of a thermal structure annexed to an ancient Roman villa came to light.
We are in the contrda Bagnoli and it is possible to admire the remains of two parts of the thermal complex: “eil calidarium”, well preserved and the “frigidarium” decorated with incredible mosaics of the III and IV centurie
IL BASTIONE CASTELLO O TORRE DEL TRAPPETO
We are in front of a fortress with a square plan, probably dating back to the sixteenth century.
There is a beautiful panoramic terrace, nothing more than a watchtower to protect the city’s crops, especially sugar cane, from barbarians.
Today it is a cultural centre.
daily from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. (times subject to change)
CASTELLO DI ORLANDO E SANTUARIO MARIA SANTISSIMA
The Castle is assumed to have been built by the will of Charlemagne in honor of the paladin Orlando at the end of the twelfth century.
Only the foundations and ruins remain, restored in 1994.
The Sanctuary was built as part of a castle of which there are now only remains, by Count Girolamo Joppolo in the seventeenth century.
Inside are kept two precious paintings by Gaspare Camarda and other important objects and sacred icons.
There is also a copy of the simulacrum of the miraculous Madonna of Trapani holding the baby Jesus in her arms. The 18th century orignal icon was stolen in 1925.
ANTIQUARIUM COMUNALE AGATIRNIDE
“Agatirnide”, the Antiquarium, created in 2002, houses the archaeological remains found in the territory of Capo d’Orlando dating back to the Bronze Age.