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The main entrance to the Park delle Madonie, Castelbuono stands on the site of the ancient Byzantine town Ypsigro. In the 14th century it begins to strongly develop under the powerful Ventimiglia family. In a few years Palermo arrives to a point where it is the most important economical centers of the Madonie.
The imposing 14th century Ventimiglia's castle still stands in the historic center, which has its charming medieval structure still preserved today. The quadrilateral Arab-Norman building houses the magnificent baroque Palatine Chapel preserving the sacred relic, the skull of Sant'Anna, just a part of the Ventimiglia family's substantial heritage.
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The Saint of Castelbuono is celebrated in late July each year with a last day procession of the precious silver reliquary containing the skull of Sant'Anna, followed by the members of the numerous congregations.
Dedicated to “Maria Santissima Assunta” the old mother church is erected in the 14th century on an ever older church. Next to it its magnificent bell tower stands and the church can be accessed through a 15th century Gothic gate where you can witness paintings and sculptures from this era. The Natività di Maria church is also nicely decorated with art pieces. Built in a neoclassic style with 3 aisles, it is the home of the Madonna col Bambino altarpiece and a crucifix which dates back to the 14th century.
Castelbuono is a leading Italian manufacturer of manna ash. A natural sweetener produced from ash trees, which is a typical plant of the Madonie. Used as a mild laxative, it can be bought in the form of sticks, candy or as an ingredient of Mannetto, a sort of a cake covered with manna and white chocolate, stuffed with candied citrus peel. The local cuisine is made of simple dishes, such as soups with herbs and wild mushrooms. A typical sweet is the Testa di Turco (Head of Turk), made of pastry, white cream, chocolate and cinnamon.