Cesaro in the Nebrodi Park
Cesaro is a cozy little town in the Nebrodi mountains with stunning views on mount Etna. The Nebrodi park is the most important and the largest protected woodland area in Sicily. It is a peaceful place quite off the beaten track, mostly visited by trekkers in the Nebrodi.
Cesaro is a place where everyone knows each other and an occasional tourist will not escape curious views. A particularity of Cesaro is that there are 5 churches for just a bit more than 2500 inhabitants. The service (‘la messa’ in Italian) – especially on Sunday morning – is an event, and the way to stay together. Traditions are strong in this very genuine part of Sicily.
When is the best time to visit Cesaro?
Activities like trekking and mountain biking in the Nebrodi Park are possible all the year round. However, it may make sense to visit the town during special events and festivities:
17-19 June and 19-21 August are devoted to the patron of the town – San Calogero
If you are into genuine local experiences – this one is for you!
Mid-October is the time for authentic food experience: Black Pig Fest
It is held annually, with the open markets offering local specialties: the meat of the black pig and delicious white mushrooms of the Nebrodi mountains.
If you are a foodie – this one is for you!
The beginning of December : Ecotrail
For a few years at the beginning of December there is a trail starting from the main square of Cesaro and passing along the woods of Nebrodi. There are two tracks, 65 km and a shorter one of 20 km with some 900 meters of altitude. In 2016, more than 60 participants took part in the 65km track, and some 60 participants in that of the 20 km.
It’s not and experience for everyone, but if you are an experienced runner – this one is for you!
What else to see in Cesaro
- Palazzo Zito
- Ducal castle
- Chiesa Madre
- Sant Antonio Church
- Santa Maria delle Grazie Church
- Santa Caterina Church
- San Calogero monument
How to reach Cesaro
It is best to go to Cesaro with a car. From Catania the shortest route is via Bronte starting along SS121 (about 1,5hour). From Taormina the shortest route is via Randazzo starting along A18 and taking SS120 after Fiumefreddo exit (between 1,5 and 2 h drive).