Novara di Sicilia is a town in the Province of Messina in the Sicily region of Italy. The village of Novara of Sicily, 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 Novarra di Sicilia was inhabitied 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 mountainsde, with a breathtaking view of the Aeolian Islands.
Novara di Sicilia is listed among "I Borghi pui Belli D'Italia" (The Most Beautiful Towns in Italy) and provides a convenient central point for day trips to visit Tindari, Taormina and Giardini Naxos.
- From Messina: 75 km
- From Catania: 95 km
- From Taormina: 55 km
See the town on foot.
- 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.
- 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.
Agriturismo Girasole, Contrada Greco Strada Provinciale, 96, 98058 Novara Di Sicilia (ME), 0941 650812 www.agrigirasole.it. Restaurant and sells locally made cheese and other products.
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,
- 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.
- Bar Angelina, Via Nazionale, 151, 98058 Novara Di Sicilia, 0941 650100.
- Scuderi, Via Nazionale, 105, 98058 Novara Di Sicilia (ME), 0941 650580.
- Calderone, Piazza M. Bertolami, 1, 98058 Novara Di Sicilia (ME), 0941 650277
- Pasticceria Buemi Di Buemi Francesco, Via Nazionale, 240, 98058 Novara Di Sicilia (ME), 0941 650382
- The Pineta, Via National n. 145, tel. 0941/650522 open all year.
- Caravello, Via Nazionale, 354, 98058 Novara Di Sicilia (ME), 0941 650257
- Trifiletti, Piazza Pirandello, 98058 Novara Di Sicilia (ME), 0941 650160
- La Mazza, Via Duomo, 22, 98058 Novara Di Sicilia (ME), 0941 650118
- 'The Sunflower, Greek Contrada, tel. 0941/650812 - open all year.
- Sganga Konde King, Via National n. 163, Tel. 0941650526.
- L'Eden of the Dreams, Fulvio Rao Via Lauria Admiral, 3, tel. 0941/650152 – 380.2539231.
- Tourist Office - Communal Palace
Public square Girolamo Sofia, 2 - Tel. 0941/650954/5/6 (hours 9,00- 13,00)
For Native place – Salvo-Risicato Palace
Via Dome, 18-20