Novara di Sicilia is a mountain village lying on the border between the Peloritani and the Nebrodi mountains, skirted by a panoramic road that winds its way from the coast up the mountains through a beautiful landscape of pine woods and lush Mediterranean vegetation. The town, of medieval origin, is overshadowed by a ruined Saracen castle. At the heart of the settlement, rises the Duomo, housing a wooden altar, candelabrum and lectern all sculpted with unusual figures with primitive features.

Inland excursions The road continues inland to a mountain pass, Portella Mandrazzi (1125m), from where wonderful views stretch over the Alcantara valley and, beyond, Mount Etna. From here, it is easy to follow on to Francavilla di Sicilia and to explore its fascinating valley.