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Randazzo

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The medieval village on the slopes of Etna

Randazzo has very ancient origins. A gateway to Sicily, the first people settled here as early as the 6th century BC.

This small village, just minutes from nearby Taormina, lies in the heart of three protected areas, the Etna Park, the Nebrodi Park and the Alcantara River Park.

Historically known as the “city of 100 churches”, you can still admire many of Randazzo’s former religious buildings, including three cathedrals in the areas formerly inhabited by Latins, Greeks and Lombards. The first is the early 13th-century Church of Santa Maria Assunta, in the Latin quarter, constructed out of lava stone and sandstone ashlars. Next is the 13th-century Church of San Nicolò in the Greek Quarter, the largest in the area. Lastly is the Church of San Martino, in the Lombard district, with its 41-metre-high bell tower, built in the year 1000.

Among the most picturesque places in the historic centre is Via degli Archi, full of pointed arches, mullioned windows and cobbled lava basalt pavements. Not forgetting the Palazzo Comunale, a former convent belonging to the Friars Minor, with its stunning inner cloister. 

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