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Monforte San Giorgio
The Municipality of Monforte San Giorgio has a population of about 2900 inhabitants divided between the center, the mountain village of Pellegrino and village of Monforte Marina. It is overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, bordering the municipalities Roccavaldina, Rometta, San Pier Niceto, Torregrotta, Messina and Fiumedinisi; It lies at the foot of the Peloritani mountains and is bordered by two streams “Bagheria and Niceto”.
Monforte San Giorgio was recognized in 2001 as a territory of tourism economy and falls within the scope of the Plan No. 9 Regional Landscape (Northern Peloritani chain) and is part of the municipalities affected by the Reserve of Montescuderi-Fiumedenisi.
The territory offers many wonders of nature, the mountains on the south side of the City, the rivers which enclose almost the area, the sea located on the north side of the City
One of the main tourist destinations in the municipality is the “Mount Marra” overlooking a wide valley.
You can make a historical nature trail going up the hill through the narrow streets of the town by visiting the archaeological remains such as rock caves, admire specimens of ancient cypress trees and coming up to the top where there is the Church of the Immaculate Conception whose cult is deep, and from here you can admire a wonderful panorama of Peloritani mountains, the plain of Milazzo, the Aeolian Islands and streams Bagheria and Niceto.
On top of the hill there are some ruins of a castle testifying as Monforte had in the medieval period an important military function due to its strategic location and natural defenses.
Other sights of the country are the Terrace Portaterra and Belvedere Piano Rosario.
Also worth a visit, the Mother Church, dedicated to Madonna and to Saint George, patron saint of the country, dating from the fourteenth century.
Inside, in addition to the architecture you can admire various works including the polyptych by Antonello de Saliba, nephew of Antonello da Messina painted in 1530 depicting the Madonna and Child, the Risen Christ and the saints, including the patron saint St. George and the Patroness Saint Agata; the “Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament “of 1596 recently attributed to Giacomo Del Duca, sculptor and architect student of Michelangelo; “Our Lady of Candlemas” and the statue of “Our Lady of Consolation” attributed to the school of Gagini (XVI century); and “St. George and the Dragon” of the painter Onofrio Gabrielli (1619-1706).
Next to Piazza IV Novembre there is the Arabic Quarter featuring characters still attributable to Islamic architecture models.
It also possible observe the ancient remains of the “Church of Saint Michele Arcangelo” dating back to 1200, the ruins of the “Church of the Trinity” (1666), “The Convent” and the “Church of Saint Francesco di Paola” (date back the first half of 1600) in which the painting “San Francesco di Paola” and “Angels” by Antonio Gabrielli (1619-1706) are preserved.
Very interesting is the “Church of St. Agatha” dedicated to the Holy patroness of Monforte, next to which stands a bell tower of the Norman period, the “Church del Carmine”, which was attached to a convent of Carmelite monks (built in 1547) and “Church of St. Anthony” (XVII century).
A short distance from Pellegrino, little hamlet of Monforte San Giorgio, you can visit the Church of the Madonna Crispino. The sanctuary, known throughout the province, houses a “Madonna and Child”, one of the best works of the sculptor Antonello Gagini (1507).
The Sanctuary keeps a shrine which, according to tradition, contains an hair of Madonna.
Holidays and Events in Monforte San Giorgio:
Festività ed eventi a Monforte San Giorgio
– “Campanata and Tammurinata of Sant’Agata” : begins on the 17th January and runs until the 5th February, an hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.
– “Katabba- A Thousand Years of History”: cultural and historical re-enactment of the liberation of Monforte from the hands of the Saracens by Count Roger: late January, early February
– Celebrations in honor of St. Agatha: Religious procession in the first week of February
– Via Crucis: Sacred Representation of “Passion of Christ” through the streets of downtown: Palm Sunday
– The procession of Varette: Good Friday
– Celebrations in honor of St. George the Martyr: Religious procession on the first Sunday in August
– Celebrations in honor of “The Capidduzzo of Virgin Mary”: the Saturday before the first Sunday in September.
– Celebrations in honor of the “Madonna of Crispino”: first Sunday in September
– Living Nativity: Christmas season.
– Presepe Vivente: periodo natalizio.