The Netherlands of Madonie
In Blufi, a small town in the heart of the Madonie, is one of the most famous natural attractions in Sicily. These are the Tulips of Madonna dell'Olio, a splendid flowering that in May tints the meadows red around the Sanctuary of Madonna dell'Olio, an eighth-century building just 3 kilometers from the town center, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. In fact, in spring you can admire hundreds of thousands of red tulips that grow spontaneously among almonds and olive trees, framed by the snow-capped peaks of the mountains. This is the Raddi Tulip, a protected species for which it is recommended to avoid wild collection. The expanse earned her the nickname “Holland of the Madonie”.
The name of the sanctuary could derive from the presence of olive groves in the area or from the proximity to a source of mineral oil. The facade of the building is eighteenth-century while the interior, with a single nave, is decorated with valuable stuccoes from 1841 and houses two valuable wooden statues.
Between the territory of Blufi and that of Petralia Sottana you can admire the suggestive Romanesque bridge with three arches, on the South Imera river, while in the village we invite you to make a stop at the Mother Church of Christ the King with three naves enriched by some statues.