Time to head for the hills!
Leaving the coast at Cefalu, we pass Relais Santa Anastasia on the way to Castelbuono. Centred around a small 11th century abbey, this once private estate is now a country hotel amid their large estate of vines.
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The Abbey

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Castelbuono is one of the towns of the Madonie Mountains. It was once an important county capital and there are many medieval churches and residences along the main street.

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The old water fountain
The shop signs are an interesting contrast.
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Fiasconaro are famous as makers of panettones.

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Don’t miss their tasting table of fabulously light panettones and jams, marmalades and pastes. Try the pistachio creme with the panettone. Delicious.
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Piazza Margherita is the main square, overlooked by the 14th century Matrice Vecchia with it’s Renaissance portico and two doorways, one in Gothic style.

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All roads lead to the piazza.

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Busy Piazza Margherita.

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Men gather in large groups ouside their specific circolo(club) headquarters
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The Catholic men’s group.
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Friends of the Carabinieri
When the men of the Circola Amici della Musica, the local musical group, started playing we were invited to listen.
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Dinner is at the well known Nangalarruni Restaurant.
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The area is well know for the Basilischi mushrooms which are very similar to large oyster mushrooms
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A selection of meats and cheeses from the area and a salad of the basilischi mushrooms
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Ricotta and mushroom mousse
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Homemade pasta with ragu of black pig, forest mushrooms and artichokes
Eat
Nangalarruni Restaurant
Via delle Confraternite,10
Castelbuono
Tel: +39 0925 671228
www.hostarianangalarunni.it
Nangalarruni Restaurant
Stay

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Relais Santa Anastasia
Contrada Santa Anastasia
90013. Castelbuono
Tel: +39 0921 672233
www.santa-anastasia-relais.it
Relais Santa Anastasia