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Castelbuono
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Piazza Margherita
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The castle
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Surroundings
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her er Castelbuono

Castelbuono is a charming and lively medieval town with around 10.000 inhabitants and it is the second biggest town in the Madonie area. The castle built by the Ventimiglias in the 13th century is the centre of the town together with the biggest square, "Piazza Margherita", which is the main meeting point and where youaposll find the main church, "Matrice Vecchia". The connecting monestery is located just behind in a small alley. There are other squares in the town and in all of them youaposll find one bar side by side another. There are many churches as well and the main part is once in a while open for a free view. Matrice Vecchia is usually open though and it has a beautiful decorated crypt.
The main income is from trading in food and groceries as well as restaurants. The meat in the butchers shop is usually from cattle in the mountains around Castelbuono - either the butcher himself has a small farm or one in the family. These farms deliver prime quality goods to the shops and the restaurants. The local cheeses are ricotta (to be perfect it is from sheep milk), cacciocavallo and pecorino.
There are many restaurants and they make first class meals and big wonderful pizzas - and always baked on wood-fire.
In the area of Castelbuono there are quite a number of olive trees and ash-trees for the manna production. In the town there are 2 places where they press the olives for oil and the grapes for juice for making wine. These 2 places serve the little producer or the private people who wants oil and wine for themselves. Because there also is produce of wine. Especially in the vineyard Abbazia Santa Anastasia where they offer guided tours. As well as the vineyard there also is a 4star hotel, Relais Santa Anastasia.

more about Castelbuono

 

A feast for the patroness of the town, Sant'Anna
is taking place July 25, 26 and 27 but the whole thing is heading off already 9 days before!
From July 17 you'll see processions walking throug the town - one procession every evening. Only the 26th there is no procession.
In the late evenign hours on the final day of the feast there is taking place the biggest procession including members of the different town guilds and the remains of Sant'Anna is carried througout the town.

Other events:
June 24.: A feast for San Giovanni. In the evening broadbeans are cooking in big pots in the streets and squares.
August: YPSIGROCK, music festival
September: Jazz Festival
October: Feast for the fungi.

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La Matrice Vecchia
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The crypt in La Matrice Vecchia
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Pizza Canna in the Madonie mountains
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Colours of autumn
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Castelbuono
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Almond tree
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