Novara di Sicilia is a mountain village which lies between the Nebrodi and Peloritani, 30 minutes from the Tyrrhenian Sea, Marinello and Tindari and facing the Aeolian Islands. It is just 45 minutes from the Ionian coast of Taormina and Giardini Naxos.

The Aeolian Islands

The stunning and very Grecian island of Selina is just one of a groups of islands just a ferry ride away from Milazzo. the other islands of Volcano, Stromboli and Lipari are a boat ride away


Perched on a rocky headland high above the sea, Taormina has been the most popular tourist destination in Sicily for hundreds of years. It is the setting for the US TV series White Lotus 

Marinello Beach

A short drive away is this pristine haven  known for its unique natural beauty, its ever-changing sandbar formations, crystal-clear waters, and stunning views of the Aeolian Islands

Historical Significance

The ancient village of Novara di Sicilia is a winner of The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. 

Legend has it that the village, built at the point where the Nebrodi mountains meet the Peloritani range, was inhabited by the Cyclopes and that the town was only later developed at the behest of the Saracens, who built a castle there. It was mainly develioped in the heart of the Middle Ages and it has a long history linked to the Arabs, the Normans, and the Cistercians. In fact, near the village are the ruins of the former Cistercian monastery of Sicily, whose foundation dates back to 1137.

The village is really unique alternating ancient alleys, steps and corners of rare scenic beauty, where you can still feel the authenticity of the ancient countries once and true Sicilian life, where time seems to stand still, thus creating a unique place where you can completely retreat.

Visit the Water Mill

At the Giorginaro water mill, which next to OldNoar, you will discover the only surviving horizontal wheel water mill which uses the ancient technique of grinding stone of the ancient grains of Sicily. The 1690 water mill is in an oasis of greenery and fragrant flowers, the owner Mr Ugo is the heir to several generations of this ancient craft.

Norman Castle Ruins

A steep walk through the winding streets and alleys to the top of the village, you will find the ruins of the Norman castle and palace. Offering stunning views of Novara, this wonderful spot is now Il Castello, a wonderful restaurant and pizzeria which creates traditional dishes using local produce including bread from the village bakery and a number of vegetarian dishes too

Village Sights and Trekking

The village is a haven of ancient buildings: churches, monasteries, a cathedral and an amphitheatre . The museum features tools of local artisans, showing early culture of the local people. The cobbled streets form a mosaic between the ancient small houses built on the mountainside. There are several hiking trails too, along with plenty of cafes and bars 

Cultural Heritage & Events

The Festival of Saint Anthony Abbot is celebrated in January, with a parade of horses and livestock and a “Blessing of the Animals” in the bell tower.

Carnival includes the “Gioco of the Maiorchino”, where wheels of maiurchèa cheese are rolled along a predetermined route.

Then there is the Carnival of the Children and a masked ball which takes place in the recently renovated Communal Theatre. Holy Week sees the  silent procession of the Confraternite.

In July there is a Flower Festival and the “Climbing of the Rocca Salvatesta”, which is seen as a test of character.

The Festa dell'Assunta is the largest annual event in the town, attracting thousands of visitors, running from July 31 to August 15, when a procession is held with a statue of the Virgin, illuminated with 100s of candles, is carried through the streets on the shoulders 30 men. The event is followed by a firework display.

In August there's an exhibition held of vestments, church furnishings, handicrafts, paintings, photographs and local handicraft.

A “Living Manger” is displayed during the Christmas period.

Horse Riding

Horse riding in the woods of Novara. You can discover some of the most evocative places in the area, such as the San Michele hill and its vineyards, or you can have fun exploring the wooded hills such as Motto Duno

Night Sky Watching

Novara di Sicilia offers the clearest and least polluted skies of Sicily. Observe the sky with its stars, the constellations and the Milky Way from the 'Plans', plateau not far from the village

Bicycle Tours

A bike ride through the small streets of the village, is a wonderfully slow paced opportunity to discover the architectural wonders of the ancient medieval village. Stop off at one of the bars or cafes and sample the local delicacies