For tourists direct in Sicily, travel to Bronte means meeting traditions and charm of a people that has its roots in the past. An unforgettable experience, through the steep, prickly and windy centuries-hold lava, broken only by the railway line of the Ferrovia Circumetnea that delves into the Etna villages.
Bronte is a place of myth that surrounds the history becoming a symbol in literature.
According to mythology, it was founded by the Cyclops Bronte, that with his brothers – Sterope and Piracmon – was in the service of the god Vulcan at his forge.
Bronte has a strategic location on the western slopes of Etna, between the naturalistic Park of Etna and Park of the Nebrodi, without forgetting the Forre laviche of Simeto river and the nature in all its splendor.
People who come to Bronte, remain enchanted by the amenity of places suspended in the green sweets hills, at the foot of the giant Etna, in an atmosphere deeply steeped in history that even today the center shows an obvious sign.
The cobbled streets, with typical flagstones lava rock, adorn the city center until the important “Piazza Spedalieri”.
Right here, in the square, there is one of the many churches in the city, “Saint Silvestro” Church, dating back to the sixteenth century, with an adjacent monastery abolished.
Over the centuries, many other churches have been destroyed or altered but fortunately many still provide as testimony of the creativity and artistic activity of the city. Among them: the “Sacro Cuore” Church and the “Santuario dell’Annunziata”, where is kept the work of Our Lady of the Annunciation and the Angel of the sculptor Gagini Palermo; the “SS Trinità” Church, commonly known as “La Matrice”; the “San Giovanni” Church, dating back to 1500.
There are many important monuments in Bronte in terms of history and architecture; two of these deserve mention: “Castello di Nelson”, located about 13 km from the historic center, dating 1173, living testimony to the presence of the dynasty of the English admiral Horatio Nelson; “Real Collegio Capizzi”, monumental complex built in the eighteenth century, in which boasts the Library Bourbon with texts and atlases of the sixteenth and seventeenth century.
But Bronte, as well as many countries of the Mediterranean, is characterized by a strong relationship with tradition, often expressed in the sacred festivities. The feast of the statue created by Antonio Gagini is one of the most important and most felt. The main moments of “ Madonna Annunziata” feast are in the eve of the “Grande Festa”, which is the Saturday before the second Sunday in August in which takes place the so-called “journey of Madonna”, a long procession of the faithful, especially women, that walks in knee, with a torch in hand and singing “Evviva Maria”.