The Sicilian village of mystery
Perched on a hill in the province of Caltanissetta, Mussomeli boasts the charm of the Sicilian hinterland, rugged yet beguiling, with a timeless romanticism. The historic centre retains its medieval layout, with a maze of narrow cobbled streets. But fear not, you will always find your way among the most beautiful places in the village. These include the Mother Church of San Ludovico, whose imposing façade stands out among the low surrounding houses. However, it is more stunning inside, where you can admire the white and blue ceiling.
Another unmissable stop is the Sanctuary of the Madonna dei Miracoli (Our Lady of Miracles), so called because according to tradition, in the 16th century, a paraplegic stopped there to rest and, when he woke up, discovered he could walk. The Manfredonico Castle, which almost merges with the rock on which it is built, also boasts a compelling history. Legend has it the ghost of Don Guiscardo, son of a Spanish merchant who died in the fortress in the 14th century, roams its halls. A second story tells of three sisters buried alive there by their brother.
If ghosts and mysteries don’t frighten you, we recommend exploring the Stretto Cinquemani, a ‘sinful place of furtive and lustful encounters, scene of violence, attempted murders and other successful ones’, as the sign at its entrance reads. After all, it adds, ‘everything hides a dark side’.