The Way of the Friars

A suggestion of a 166 km long journey that starts from the heart of Sicily through the provinces of Caltanisetta and  Palermo, under the distant but present presence of Etna, runs the heart of the Sicilian Alps, the Madonie, to the Norman town of Cefalù.

The source of inspiration was the Friars who for centuries have walked on the mountains or the Sicilian countryside on foot or on the back of mules, leaving traces of their presence in the stories of people still remembering when the Friars were asking for “seek ” or the quest to be brought into their convents of origin.

Ancient paths of pilgrimage have emerged between centers of habitation and remote villages, in solitary campaigns like Castel Belici, or on high mountain peaks such as the Marian Sanctuary  of Gibilmanna and the  Sanctuary  of Madonna dell’Alto, or in other centers inhabited as Blufi and Gangi.

These paths seem to complement each other in a single path that can now be pursued with a spirit of devotion but also with passion for nature and the beauty that human nature has been able to accomplish in harmony with nature itself.

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Regional web map of routes and paths for sustainable mobility created by LabGis Osservatorio Turistico of Regione Siciliana in collaboration wit FIAB Sicilia e CAI SIcilia

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