Nestled between the slope of Mount Etna and the majestic Mediterranean Sea is where we enjoy the Sicilian Simplicity
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Maniace Bronte, Catania
The Castle of the Nelsons – We learned through our tour that the Castle was formerly a Benedictine Abbey dedicated to Santa Maria, then turned into a castle. The area where it rises was the scene of a battle between General Maniace’s troops and Saracens, the latter eventually driven from Sicily. The building was highly harmed by a quake sometimes at the end of the 12th century and successively rebuilt. It belonged to the Benedictine and the Basilian monks of the XII-XIII Century, and successively bestowed to the English Admiral Nelson in 1799 who helped the king, Frederico IV, put down a revolt in Naples. Nelson’s heirs sold it to the municipality of Bronte in 1981 to be a museum. It has a beautiful park with a charming church dedicated to Santa Maria di Maniace. The house has it’s original furnishings of the XVII and XVIII centuries. The one place in Sicily where on a historical tour you’ll find English writing under pictures and English books on display.
I have been carried away to a world that stops to taste the sweetness of the land, and admire all the treasures that their rich black soil provides. Now my journey begins as we enjoy the simple pleasures of the life! We came from different worlds, spoke different languages, but that didn’t stop us. We have our home in Sicily, and many adventures await us. Sicilia is our home!
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Towns around Mt. Etna
Take a trip around Mt.Etna and visit all the small towns along the way here. Relax and enjoy the scenery on the Ferrovia Circumetnea Train that travels around Mt. Etna.