Contrada Gargi di Cenere, Collesano 90016 Collesano (Palermo)
Nestled in a dense, vast citrus grove, this 19th century rural residence in the first foothills of the Madonie mountain range welcomes its guests with a view of the bright blue Cefalù sea and the magnificentPalermo coast.
The house, an example of rural 19th century architecture, has been renovated in keeping with its original character. Fruit trees, geraniums and jasmines frame the blue water in the background. The windows with gratings and small terraces overlook the valley that slopes down towards the sea on one side and the hills with the silver hints of the olive trees and gold tinges of the orange and lemon trees on the other.
The house is open all year round and, thanks to a large room, can also be used for meetings for small groups. Guests can enjoy the common areas, inside which the atmosphere is made cosy by old fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and terracotta floors. The rooms are spacious and equipped with private bathroom and separate entrance.
The farm, covering approximately 9 hectares, produces citrus fruits, oil and vegetables and uses certified organic methods only. The products from the estate feature in the dishes offered at lunch and dinner. Respect for the environment is a constant element throughout the property, as evidenced by the heating with solar panels and the use of non-toxic paints and environmentally friendly products for cleaning.
Respect for the environment is a constant element throughout the property, as evidenced by the heating with solar panels and the use of non-toxic paints and environmentally friendly products for cleaning. Finally, the water in the swimming pool is not filtered using common chlorine but through a complex but natural purification system.
The pool is open from June to October.
Pets are allowed but their management and accommodation is to be arranged prior to your arrival.
On the farm, guests can visit the orchards or take part in short vegetarian cookery, yogaand tai-chi courses. Guided excursions are also organised to theMadoniePark.
Of ancient pre-Hellenic origin, Kephaloídion, whose urban history began in the 5th century BC, became Roman in 254 BC. Afterwards came the Byzantine period and the Arab occupation following the two ruinous sieges of the 9th century.
1063, with the conquest by the Norman Roger D’Hauteville, saw the start of a new era of great artistic fertility and economic prospects for the city.
Tourism, in expansion today, is an important source of income for the inhabitants (known as cefaludesi): 13,882 (1996). Today, the local economy is based on agriculture, crafts, fishing and the food, wood and building material industries.
The Madonie Park
Behind us, this is ideal for cultural excursions to its villages and nature walks in beech forests at high altitudes.
Describing the distinctive features of the Madonie area is certainly not enough to understand why, in November 1989, the Madonie Park was established.
You need to visit it! The answers are all there: in its unique places, in its remarkable mountains with varied, articulated profiles, in the fresh, clear spring water, in the rare, sometimes unique plants, in the dense woodlands and glades, in the fragile wings of the butterflies, in the architectural treasures with which the town centres are inundated but which also pop up unexpectedly in the countryside or in the middle of the woods, in the cultural identity of the communities, in the noble origins of the peoples who followed on from each other, in rhythm of the farmers’ work, in the hard work of the shepherds or in the able, tireless hands of the craftsmen.
‘Le vie della Ceramica’ (Streets of Ceramics)
The initiative, promoted and organised by the Palermo Provincial Tourism Association, is the only one of its kind in Sicily, and covers a large area. It not only acts as a cultural stimulus, but aims to enhance, protect and finally restore the productive activities typical of the area. Usable in the coming months, the routes will be marked by seventeen explanatory Plexiglas panels and illustrative leaflets.
There are traces of an activity, still active and flourishing at the start of the 20th century, which involved entire families and produced artefacts of great artistic value, which today, in many cases, have been abandoned: quarries, kilns, ‘stazzoni’ (production locations), the artefacts have been found, studied and catalogued by type and condition, then placed along an interesting historical and artistic route that involves seven municipalities in the Madonie area.
Castelbuono - Majolica covering of the “bulb-shaped” spire of the Church of the Crucifix located in Corso Umberto. This is a traditional 18th century Neapolitan type with flaking majolica tiles (many are missing). The furnace in Castelbuono, in the Cocozzone district, has been active until 1960.
Collesano - In the San Francesco district is the factory for the production of ceramics, consisting of kilns for baking, furnaces for preparing oxides, a mill, lathes and the area for drying and beating the clay. Probably from the late 16th century, the building is part of a renovation project organised by the municipality. Located in Piazza Castello, the Church of Santa Maria la Vecchia with the cone-shaped spire covered with wedge-shaped tiles and dating back to the 17th century, is in fair condition. The tiles produced locally form monochrome white, brown, blue, light blue and yellow diamonds.
Gangi - Two churches with interesting majolica spires from the early 18th century: SS. Salvatore, in the street of the same name, and San Cataldo, located in Via G. F. Vitale. The production is probably local and the condition of the rhomboidal bricks that make up a complex geometric decorative motif is good.
Geraci Siculo - Majolica coverings once again on the two church spires, Santo Stefano, in the street of the same name, and Santa Maria Maggiore, in Piazza Matrice. Made between the 17th and 18th centuries with a geometric design, they are in good condition.
Petralia Soprana - The spires of the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto in the square of the same name have distinctive colours, of which golden yellow and intense blue stand out. Produced in Collesano, the wedge-shaped tiles date back to the middle of the 19th century. A valuable tile from the early 19th century depicting a monstrance, located in Via Fonderia, near Piazza San Michele. A furnace, in very poor condition, is located in the Porta Seri district.
Polizzi Generosa - There is flooring in the Church of Santa Maria dell’Udienza and the Church of Badia Vecchia (in the square and street of the same name). The first consists of twenty bricks forming a geometric pattern with lilies in the middle. This is an artefact from the early 18th century with white, green and yellow colours, from Collesano. The second is a typical example of trapezoidal flooring, alternating black and white, produced in Castelbuono, rebuilt and modified several times. The furnace in the Saprone district is intact and in excellent condition. San Mauro Castelverde - There is a fine majolica in the Church of San Mauro in Corso Umberto. Hemispherical in shape, the spire, from the first half of the 17th century, is decorated with wedge-shaped tiles arranged diagonally with parallel monochromes, a mosaic of white, black, green and golden yellow in fair condition. Two ceramic panels with sacred subjects located along the route of the procession of the Stations of the Cross from the late 18th century (from 1950 they were restored by the master ceramists of Santo Stefano di Camastra).
Pleased to meet you, I am Donatella and I am 69 years old.
This is me and my partner, Zeno
I have been managing Guarnera since 1985
I personally am responsible for i cook for the guests, i am responsible for communication, i take care of the crops.+
It was a desire to to live in nature which led me to run an agriturismo.
Our guests especially appreciate the chance to stay in a natural setting.
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