It stands at about 320 metres above sea level, on the Thyrrenian side of the Peloritani Mountains, it is inserted on a natural amphitheatre. Going up on the hill, we meet a real hidden treasure chest, rich in history, art and traditions, this is Roccavaldina.
The little village of Roccavaldina offers the typical Sicilian atmospheres: narrow streets, house close one to another and breath-taking panoramas. Add to these characteristics a passionate history, due to its strategic position from a military and trade point of view. Its numerous traditions, among which stand out the Convito feast, an ancient rite that mixes Christianity and paganism, tell us of early customs and traditions.
The numerous interesting monuments make the visit of Roccavaldina a fascinating and rich of ideas walk:
- The 16th century pharmacy with its many vases decorated with scenes and adorned with figures, all signed by a skilful ceramist from Urbino, a rare collection in Italy.
- A 16th century castle originally built as a prison and later transformed in the house of the noble family Valdina.
- The Mother Church dedicated to Saint Nicholas, patron saint of Roccavaldina, that stands on the highest point of the village, with its rich decorations and statutes dating back to the 16th and 17th century, in particular the wooden baldachin in the middle of which there the 17th century Our Lady of the Letter painting.
- The church of Our Lady of the Chain is the most ancient of Roccavaldina, it dominates the ancient village and from here, you can enjoy an impressive panorama over the northern Sicilian coast, the gulf of Milazzo, the promontory of Tindari and the Aeolian Islands.
- Visit also the ancient Capuchin convent dating back to the 17th century.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Roccavaldina!
What to visit in Roccavaldina
- Museum Pharmacy
- Saint Nicholas church
- The Castle
- Jesus and Mary church
- Cosma and Damiano church
- Our Lady of the Chain church
- Vermiglia house
- Capuchin convent