RACCUJA

 

Raccuja is a small town of the province of Messina, lying on a rocky spur at 605m altitude, in the vicinity of the Fiumara di Sinagra amidst the splendid scenery of the Nebrodi Park.

The Valico di Fondachello, about 850m a.s.l., Monte Guardiola and Monte San Pietro are beautiful examples of its naturalistic riches, much contributing to tourism growth. Raccuja has a population of about 2,000, boasts an interesting history. Founded by Roger of Hauteville in the late 11th century, it was part of a fief, about two centuries later, and remained such as far as the Feudalism abolishment on the island in 1812. It saw the rule of important families such as the Alagonas, the Valdinas and the Brancifortes.

The cityís most attractive buildings is the Mother Church, containing precious 1500ís statues, a painting depicting the Madonna del Rosario con San Domenico and Santa Caterina and a sculpture representing the Annunciation. The remnants of a Norman Castle are also worth-seeing.