There is silence, thin air, and balconies full of flowers.
Each step is a surprise. Here’s a Palace Averna window with a mullioned glass, and there’s a courtyard with an old bench and a jar with climbing jasmine.
The stories of the people who live here and the houses they are built from tell the story of life.
According to historians, Petralia Soprana ( Palermo) is most likely the heir of the ancient Petra. Conquered By the Arabs, it was named Batraliah – from Batra meaning “stone” or liah meaning “high”. To honor Elijah, the Normans renamed it Petra Heliae.
The Madonie is at your heart and from the natural balcony, you can view Mount Etna in all of its glory.
Let’s go through it step-by-step.
Three viewpoints are available: One is from Loreto, u castru, which offers views of Etna and Enna. The other one, Carmine, u carmini, allows you to see the west side of Sicily towards Palermo. The last Piazza Duomo, orientated towards the east, looks at Gangi, and embraces Mount Etna.
U castru is located in the upper portion of the village. This area was probably used for fortifications built by the Romans and the Sicani. Piazza Loreto is home to the symmetrical facade of the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto and the majolica pispiers of this church. These spiers were a part of the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto . They are aggregated into the most well-known sanctuary of Santa Maria di Loreto (Le Marche), which was rebuilt in a late baroque Greek cross plan. The stunning marble altar by Giandomenico Gagini, which depicts four episodes from Jesus’s life, is a highlight inside the church. It also includes the wooden sculptures of Saints Cosmassa and Damian, both 16th-century, and two saint statues attributed to Filippo Qattrocchi di Gangi.