Petralia Sottana and Petralia Soprana
There are 2 villages named Petralia just next to each other!! Petralia Sottana located 1000 m.o.s. (3100 feet) and Petralia Soprana around 3 km (1.5 miles)
away located 1150 m.o.s. (3500 feet). Nowadays it is 2 independent councils seperated in 1258 AC. The villages are set further into the Madonie than Geraci
in a more gentle countryside giving the possibilities to cultivate grain and forage for domistic animals.
Petralia Sottana with around 3000 inhabitants is a bit bigger than Petralia Soprana. Center in Sottana is the church square with Chiesa Madre, a big churh almost like a cathedral. Down from the square are the small streets and lanes founded hundreds of years back.
Headquaters of Parco delle Madonie, the natural park, is placed in Petralia Sottana - a proper place as Petralia is located in the middle of the park. A part of the council contains the mountains the herdsmen and shepards guard their goats, sheep and cattle.
Piano Battaglia with walking paths and pists for skiing is enclosed in the council. And Piano Farina as well where you can enjoy a tipical Sicilian lunch - only by booking in advance, though.
On the way from Petralia Sottana to Piano Battaglia and Piano Farina is placed an amusement park with all sorts of entertainments fitted in the natural environment. this amusement park is the only one of the kind in Sicily.
Petralia Soprana is also a tipical medieval village centered around another cathedral Chiesa Madre dedicated to the apostles Paul and Peter. The church is built by the end of the medieval epoch. The streets are narrow and small - it is a pleasure to walk around in this nice little village with around 1400 inhabitants.
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