Among citrus groves and Arab-Norman traditions
The vast plain surrounding Palermo is known as the Conca d’Oro (Golden Valley). Its name is inspired by the typical colours of the citrus groves (lemons, primarily) that have filled the area with their golden hues since ancient times. Once also populated by olive, almond, yucca and palm trees, it stretches from the Piana dei Colli to the foot of Monte Grifone, encompassing another strip of flat land from Villabate to Altavilla Milicia, passing through Bagheria.
The most amazing views are towards Villabate: citrus groves as far as the eye can see, dotted with farmhouses immersed in greenery. Monte Pellegrino stands tall in the distance. Monreale Cathedral offers spectacular views of the plain. A UNESCO heritage site, this church is a sublime fusion of Arab and Norman art.
The Arab-Norman Maredolce-La Favara Park preserves the memory of the original landscape, with the still-intact islet and system of hydraulic artefacts for irrigating the citrus groves. In the typical country hamlet of Ciaculli are old farmhouses that once belonged to large landowners of the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the characteristic malaseni, ancient warehouses with tiled roofs used to store farm tools.