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Novara di Sicilia

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Novara di Sicilia is a town in the Province of Messina in the Sicily region of Italy. Novara di Sicilia is listed among "I Borghi più Belli d'Italia" (The Most Beautiful Towns in Italy).



The village of Novara di Sicilia, nestled in the mountains overlooking ancient Tyndaris and Abacaenum, is the archetype of a typical medieval town, with its friendly and accommodating people who speak a distinctive dialect. The town of Novara di Sicilia was inhabited by the Noae until it fell under control of the Normans, who populated the town with Lombards. The intricate cobble stone street form a mosaic between the ancient small houses that stand shoulder to shoulder along the mountainside, with a breathtaking view of the Aeolian Islands.

Get in[edit]

  • From Messina: 75 km
  • From Catania: 95 km
  • From Taormina: 55 km

Get around[edit]

See the town on foot.

See[edit][add listing]

  • There are five churches. The 16th century Cathedral is in the Piazza Duomo. The Churches and palace ruins were constructed by the craftsmen of the town. Other churches include Santa Maria di Noara, S. Nicolò, S. Antonio, S. George and Annunziata. There are also palaces from the 16th-18th centuries.
  • The Anthropological Museum, which features tools of local farmers and artisans as well as displaying the early culture of the local people, is also of note.
  • Teatro Comunale a community theater presenting music, comedy and theater.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Sculpting Seminars are held in May and provide a great chance to meet local artists and see new works in the making.
  • The Festival of Saint Anthony Abbot is celebrated in January, with a parade of horses and livestock and a “Blessing of the Animals” in the bell tower.
  • Events during Carnival include the Gioco of the Maiorchino, where wheels of maiurchèa (a seasoned pecorino cheese) are rolled along a predetermined route, the Carnival of the Children and a masked ball which takes place in the recently renovated Communal Theatre.
  • Pastoral rituals with a silent procession of the Confraternite occur during Holy Week.
  • In July there is a Flower Festival and the “Climbing of the Rocca Salvatesta”, which is seen as a test of character.
  • The Festa dell'Assunta (the assumption of the Virgin Mary) is the largest annual event in the town, attracting thousands of visitors. The festivities run from July 31 to August 15, when a procession is held with a statue of the Virgin (the patron saint of the town), illuminated with more than 150 candles, is carried through the streets on the shoulders of more than 30 men. The relics of Saint Hugh are also included in the procession and each every five years statues of other saints also join in. The event is followed by a firework display.
  • In the first few weeks of August an exhibition is held of vestments, church furnishings, handicrafts, paintings, photographs and local handicraft.
  • A “Living Manger” is displayed during the Christmas period.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Casa Vacan Zanucaria, Via Benigno Salvo, Novara di Sicilia, +39 339 417 7737 (), [1]. Statues by local artist.  edit
  • Pasticceria Buemi Di Buemi Francesco, Via Corso Nazionale, 254, 98058 Novara di Sicilia, +39 094 165 0382.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

When in Novara di Sicilia, look for the "Nero e Bianco" (Black and White). It is light like a mousse and incredible. Also try the Biscotti nel Forno with a nice cappuccino.

Novara is renowned for the Maiorchino, a particular Pecorino cheese (sheep cheese).

Other delicacies are:

  • Ricotta Infornata,
  • Provola,
  • Risu Nirù (a mix of hazelnuts toasted with cocoa, candied orange peel and cinnamon).
  • Cassatelli (puff pastry with a filling of dried figs, honey, cinnamon and hazelnuts).
  • Raviiò (fried Ravioli pasta soaked in wine and filled with fresh Ricotta and scented with cinnamon).
  • Pignurada (fried puff pastry cut in squares and fried.
  • “Diti d’Apostolo” (iiditi d’aposturu) or in English Apostles Fingers, is a special Ricotta roll with glazed pastry.
  • The traditional dish of the mid-August festival is a kind of pasta called Ncasciada served with a veal and mutton ragù sauce, crumbled meatballs, egg-plant, egg and breadcrumbs. Another typical dish with the wonderful name of Lempi e Tuoni (Thunder and Lightning), is prepared with beans, chickpeas, maize, lentils and grain, that are boiled and then seasoned. For those with more robust mountain appetites there is ‘Frittui’, pork meat mixed with lard and boiled with the crackling, tripe, lung, heart and liver of the same pig.

  • Due archi, Via G. Raccuia, 98058 Novara di Sicilia. Restaurant  edit
  • Girasole, 700, Contrada Grego 49 SP 96 kM.0, 98058 Novara di Sicilia, +39 094 165 0812 (), [2]. Farm  edit
  • Il casale di Nino, SP96, 98058 Badiavecchia, +39 339 119 3394. Farm Restaurant  edit
  • Il Castello, Novara di Sicilia, +39 388 040 0793, [3]. Pizzeria-Restaurant  edit
  • La Pineta, Via Corso Nazionale, 159, 98058 Novara di Sicilia, +39 333 478 4807. Restaurant  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Angelina, Via Corso Nazionale, 151, 98058 Novara di Sicilia, +39 094 165 0100. Bar  edit
  • Bar Pasticceria, Via Corso Nazionale, 254, 98058 Novara di Sicilia. Bar  edit
  • San Nicola, Via Corso Nazionale, 117, 98058 Novara di Sicilia, +39 094 165 0580. Bar-pastry shop  edit
  • Slainte, Via Duomo, 3, 98058 Novara di Sicilia, +39 333 234 4765. Pub  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Il Gattopardo, Piazza Pirandello, 13, 98058 Novara di Sicilia, +39 339 811 8820, [4]. B&B  edit
  • Noa Bed & Breakfast, Via Nazionale, 410, 98058 Novara di Sicilia, +39 094 165 0974 (), [5]. B&B  edit
  • OldNoar Maisons de Charme, Via Giuseppe Verdi, 29, 98058 Novara di Sicilia, + 39 025 656 7771 (), [6]. House  edit


  • Tourist Office, Communal Palace, Public square Girolamo Sofia, 2, Tel. +39 094 165 0954 (hours 9:00-13:00).

For Native place, Salvo-Risicato Palace, Via Dome, 18-20.

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