Agriturismo Monaco di Mezzo

Contrada Monaco di Mezzo, 90027 Petralia Sottana (Palermo)

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In brief

  • Accommodation: Bedroom (2), Flat (3),
  • Beds: 45
  • Map: Hills
  • Type of accommodation: Room only, Half board, Full board, Bed & Breakfast

The agriturismo

Agriturismo located in Petralia Sottana, Sicily. The farm is equipped with a variety of self-contained apartments, a restaurant and community area, a swimming pool, all of which are harmoniously in keeping with the surroundings.

The accommodation

For centuries Monaco di Mezzo has been the central point of the Monaco feudal estates, estates which are so extensive that they were divided into three hamlets: Monaco di Sopra (Upper Monaco), Monaco di Mezzo (Middle Monaco) and Monaco di Sotto (Lower Monaco) with their own large farms which were linked by tracks. The only church was at Monaco di Mezzo and all the people from the feudal estates worshipped there.

The farm and hamlet of Monaco di Mezzo nestles in a valley which is good for cultivating hard wheat. Until a few decades ago the farm buildings were surrounded by stone huts with thatched roofs in which the farm workers families lived in the winter months. The structure was that of a single large estate which, given the poor earning capacity of the land and the extensive area of land necessary to economic survival, was the most rational answer to the difficulties. Wheat and sheep were and are the principal sources of the estate's income, while olive and wine production only suffice local needs.
The Monaco estate, a charitable bequest to the Church from Baron Agliata of Petralia Sottana, was sold by the Church Land Commissioners to Baron Michele Pottino in 1865 and, today, it is part of the estates of Marchesi Pottino. Alongside traditional cereal, sheep and horse farming there is now agri-tourism.

The farm is equipped with a variety of self-contained apartments, a restaurant and community area all of which are harmoniously in keeping with the surroundings.
The warmth of timber and local stone frame the spectacular views from this natural haven of rest, without a sign of human pollution but with the perpetual beauty of the seasonally changing colours.

Many sports facilities are available, swimming-pool, ranging from horse-riding to paras-gliding; there is the nearby Madonie National Park and Nature Conservation Area with its history and art; there are local wines, olive oil, cheeses, preserves, home-cured meats and home-reared beef to taste - all things to make a stay varied and enjoyable.
There is no lack of good food: pasta with broad beans, lentil soup, pasta with stewed pork, pasta with wild local mushrooms and cottage cheese, barbecued home reared meat, roast suckling pig, boiled lamb, wild asparagus with scrambled eggs, local cheese and cured meats, freshly picked fruit and vegetables guarantee good eating.
However, it is not enough to eat well, it is also necessary to eat healthily and at Monaco di Mezzo the meat, cheese, oil, fruit and vegetables are guaranteed to have been produced absolutely naturally, without the use of chemicals in either their production or their preservation. Monaco di Mezzo is ideal for a weekend away which breaks the grey reality of the city with an explosion of nature.

Activities and surrounding

From the farmhouse is possible reach important city as Gangi, archaeological excavations not only show that this area is the site of the ancient Sicula town of Engyon but there were also Roman and medieval settlements in the area of Gangivecchio (Old Gangi). The old city was destroyed by Federico II in 1299 and the new area began to be developed around the castle built by the local Lord, Francesco Ventimiglia in the fourteenth century. In the days before "Ferragosto" (the Italian public summer holiday on 15th August, which is in fact the religious festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, something that most Italians seem to have forgotten) there is the Festival of the "Spiga" (ear of corn) with its evocative costume procession, twisting and turning, and ancient vehicles without wheels.
Polizzi, the town has developed around the castle built on the instructions of Ruggero I (The Norman King Roger I) in 1076, probably on the site of the medieval town. The famous winter tourist centre of Piano Battaglia can be easily reached from here, one of the main centres of the Madonie park.

Petralia Sottana, is around the Norman castle walls. XIV century papers already described it as Petralia Inferior to distinguish it from Petralia Superior (Soprana). On the first Sunday after "Ferragosto" Petralia Sottana plays host to the ballet pantomime of the Cordella with its traditional costume wedding procession.
Petralia Soprana is the highest town in the Province of Palermo, situated 1147 metres above sea level. Possibly of Greek or Sikan origin, the town is certainly recorded as Petra from the third century A.D. It was an impregnable fortress in the Arab period when it was occupied by Christians and Muslims side by side. Under the Normans it retained its strategic ro1e and adopted its modern name of Petralia. Petralia is a tourist attraction and holiday location. Its position high on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Madonie allows it to dominate the countryside around and this location and the town's cultural wealth make the pleasure of a visit almost a duty to oneself.

Services

Available services

Restaurant
Swimming pool
Air conditioning
Barbecue
Pets allowed

Inform the agriturismo of any animals at the time of booking.

Owners will be held responsible for damage to property and persons.

Pets allowed

  • Dogs
  • Cats

Size/gender of dogs

  • Small (under 10 kg)
  • Medium (10 kg - 25 kg)

Allowed in

  • Accommodation

Safety

  • Only well-behaved, supervised animals
Wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Hydro massage
  • Sauna / turkish bath
  • Special Wellness (chocolate, wine, hay...)
Sport and leisure
  • Horse-riding
  • Bike rental
Classes
  • Cooking classes
Typical products on sale
Disabled facilities
Credit cards welcome
Attractions and activities in the surrounding area
  • Nature Reserves
  • Spa
Sport and activities in the surrounding area
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding

Restaurant & Events

Restaurant services

  • Vegetarian Menus
  • Menu for celiac disease and intolerance
  • Children's menu
  • Local cuisine
  • Menu with farm products
  • Cooking classes

Open to

Everyone

Table reservation

Reservation needed

Seats

Up to 100

Menu

Set menu

Average price

25€

Specialties you may find

  • Spaghetti piselli, fave e ricotta
  • Spaghetti all'anciuova
  • Fusilli ai funghi di dabs
  • Pasta fresca al ragł di cinghiale
  • Pasta con broccoli in tegame

Wedding in Italy, Parties & Celebrations

Corporate Events

Tastings

Prices

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Reviews

"Good"
Based on 16 reviews
  • Setting and surroundings:
    8,4/10
    "Very good"
  • Activities and facilities:
    6,4/10
    "Average"
  • Accommodation:
    7,1/10
    "Good"
  • Restaurant:
    7,9/10
    "Very good"
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  • 8
    "Very good"

    "All very enjoyable"

    08/27/2017

    A land paradise! Friendly staff, very familiar environment. Great kitchen and spotless pool!
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    • Stay: 8/2017
    • Setting and surroundings:
      7/10
      "Good"
    • Accommodation:
      9/10
      "Excellent"
    • Activities and facilities:
      8,5/10
      "Very good"
    • Restaurant:
      10/10
      "Amazing"
  • 3
    "Poor"

    "In a state of neglect"

    08/03/2017

    Everything is degraded and obsolete. The swimming pool with damp water where rocks are proliferating is also impractical. The outside space is unmanaged and dirty. The room has crinkled walls and infiltrates the window. It only saves the kindness of the staff and the genuine cuisine though little varies. The price for what it offers is exaggerated. Air conditioning with heat pumps is dated and has compressors beside the rooms and seems to be on a plane that is about to take off (all night).
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    • Stay: 8/2017
    • Traveller: Families with children
    • Holiday: Artistic-cultural
    Agriturismo Monaco di Mezzo answers
    Good morning, I am very sorry to receive this critique of criticism, also because we have done our best to make the gentlemen's stay enjoyable, starting to prepare them and offer them a small cake devoted to her husband's birthday, on a phone call from her lady. Pool water, in fact although regularly chlorinated and with regular pH, was turbid for a failure in one of the two filtering groups. The failure was immediately repaired but clearly, to restore the original clarity, it was necessary to Time.Chiarmente I totally deny that in the water they were GIRINI, only for their biological impossibility to live in the heavily chlorinated water. All of this was kindly reported by the staff to the lady apologizing for the inconvenience. As far as the room is concerned, in fact, there are 2 rows left by the water in the edge of the window shelf, and when the rain is swirling, it can filter out from the wooden windows. Unfortunately, the wood is a beautiful material but it does not guarantee watertightness , Maybe we should have put PVC fixtures but frankly in a 700 stone farm I thought it was unprofitable. Regarding the conditioner noise, I want to remember from what infernal week we came out and clearly there is no dripping pink and the benefit of the cool has been counterbalanced by the noise of external units that certainly can not be eliminated. However, the fixtures are provided with a glass door, which attracts considerably the outside noise, and the conditioners are Mitsubishi and therefore of the highest quality. I'm sorry for the unsuccessful stay of the guests fortunately short (1 day) but I would recommend them to live their Holidays in a lighter way, without practicing the fascinating but weary sport of looking for hair in the egg. Best regards. Ettore Pottino
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    • Setting and surroundings:
      7/10
      "Good"
    • Accommodation:
      3/10
      "Poor"
    • Activities and facilities:
      2/10
      "Poor"
    • Restaurant:
      6,5/10
      "Average"
  • 10
    "Amazing"

    "Beginning in 2016 the end of 2015"

    01/03/2016

    Hello I am the Sig.Cali stayed for the year-end in this charming inn, staying 3 days in full board. Simple, tasty and plentiful. Excellent piece of hospitality, friendliness excellent especially in the restaurant. Rooms comfortable, perhaps isolating the bathrooms of adjoining rooms, the result was perfect. The price is not low, but keep such a structure is not cheap and the atmosphere of the place is priceless .... ah ... I forgot, I would have liked to go to horse, which in organizational causes could not be . I recommend it to anyone wanting to relax and eat in a traditional and genuine.
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    • Stay: 1/2016
    • Traveller: Families with children
    • Holiday: Open air
    • Setting and surroundings:
      10/10
      "Amazing"
    • Accommodation:
      6/10
      "Average"
    • Activities and facilities:
      4/10
      "Mediocre"
    • Restaurant:
      10/10
      "Amazing"

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Agriturismo Monaco di Mezzo
Contrada Monaco di Mezzo, 90027
Petralia Sottana (Palermo) Print directions from host
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