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Breathe the fresh and pure air in the peaceful hills of the Peloritani Mountains, where the two villages of Gesso Sicily and Castanea delle Furie are facing the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands. The small hamlet of Gesso Sicily is the seat of the Museum of culture and popular music of the Peloritani mountains with a rare collection of ancient musical instruments like the traditional bagpipes (zampogne) used in the past for agricultural and pastoral activities. The museum has a varied exhibition of Pupi Siciliani (Sicilian puppets) and unique art items like sound toys and whistles. There is also a section dedicated to the extraction of gypsum which was the main economical activity till the last century. The majestic Church of Saint Anthony, an extraordinary work of art dating back to the XVIII century, dominates the city center.
Castanea delle Furie is also attractive as a tiny village located in the Peloritani area: this little town takes its name from the chestnut tree vegetation growing in the surrounding area. Be fascinated by the rich and suggestive heritage held in the Mother Church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, the local patron Saint.
Hey there! We are Chiara, Katia, Mariarita and Sara. We will make you explore the city of Messina and the mountain towns of Castanea and Gesso Sicily as only a local guide can do.
Leaving the city center of Messina, we will reach the Peloritani Mountains and the uphill villages, sourrounded by the scenic view of the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Taste the traditional flavours of homemade food: it is a loaf of bread dressed with dried tomatoes, in oil ingredients (eggplants, mushrooms, olives), Pecorino cheese and salami. A slice of Pane Cunzato is a true experience of taste: it is absolutely delicious.
Visiting the uphill rural villages of Gesso and Castanea, a short distance far from Messina, you will enjoy the ancient traditions of the country life in the unique atmosphere of the Peloritani Mountains.
Gesso is a small hamlet facing a wonderful view of the Aeolian archipelago and the Tyrrhenian Sea. We will visit the Museum of culture and popular music of the Peloritani mountains, a precious gem where there are hosted ancient musical instruments and unique art items.
In Castanea delle Furie, we will have the opportunity to explore the ancient and suggestive village characterized by a rich urban structure. The Church of Saint John the Baptist is an unmissable attraction, with its precious works of art.
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