This is a veritable paradise for those seeking unspoilt nature, tranquillity and authentic Sicily. The park took its name from the mountain Le Madonie upon which it sits.
You will find ample opportunity to hike in beautiful surroundings here and there are several trails and routes to choose from. There are routes for experienced trekkers and those who just want to stroll around. Here the terrain is rocky and mountainous with many interesting plants and trees (the area has actually more than half of all plant species found in Italy), and the wildlife is also rich with turtles, foxes, snakes (!) and butterflies.
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There are several eating places around the towns located in the region, where you can taste the excellent cuisine with local products such as pasta, bread, olive oil, the famous mushrooms from the area, cheeses and of course you can also taste the area's own wine, though you may want to leave that until after the hike!
By car from Palermo on the motorway A19 between Palermo and Catania choose the exit: Buonfornello. Scillato. Tremonzelli. You can also arrive by bus - for further details see the link at the bottom of the page. From Messina take the motorway A20 between Messina and Palermo and choose exit Castelbuono. For more information about the park, click on the link (unfortunately currently only in Italian): www.parcodellemadonie.it