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Gangi

Gangi is a wonderful medieval hamlet that is best experienced by simply walking through its tight and steep streets. You will cross many courtyards and reach several churches and their high bell towers.

The Chiesa Madre, consecrated to San Nicolò of Bari, is the first church built in this village, along with the first buildings. It contains a number of artworks, mainly of Giuseppe Salerno and Filippo Quattrocchi, and in its crypt there are a hundred of well-preserved mummies of priests that lived between XVIII and XIX century. Unmissable is also the Santuario dello Spirito Santo, a church famous for its fascinating history, and Torre dei Ventimiglia, a tower located in the main square of Gangi, Piazza del Popolo.

Palazzo Sgadari, one of the town’s oldest stately homes, is now the Museum of Gangi, which includes the Archeological Museum, the “Gianbecchina” picture gallery, the Arms Museum and the ethnoantropological museum.

Palazzo Bongiorno, built in the XVIII century as an important cultural center, is decorated with wonderful perfectly preserved frescos of Gaspare Fumagalli and Pietro Martorana.

The castle of Gangi, built between the XIII and the XIV centuries, stands out against the top of the hill and is currently privately owned.

A full experience of the culture of Gangi must include a taste of the delicious flavors of the traditional products and dishes of this land, like Cascavaddu (cheese), Sosizza (cured sausage), and Turrunetta (dessert).

Finally, something that you can’t miss is the traditional celebration “Sagra della Spiga”, beginning the first weekend of August to the second Sunday of the same month. In these ten days the city celebrates the traditions, customs and culture of agricultural world with parades, processions, musical exhibitions, food tastings and the famous parade “Corteo di Demetra” taking place the last day of the celebration.