7 reasons to visit troina
The Norman remains
In 1060, during the Norman period, Troina was chosen by Count Ruggero as a stronghold among the mountains dominating the vast surrounding valleys, for the conquest of the island.
Today, in the Conte Ruggero Square, the town still conserves a Norman tower, that was either rebuilt or completed in the sixteenth century. It is the present-day bell tower of the Mother Church dedicated to Maria Santissima Assunta (Holy Assumption). The building, which underwent three thorough renovations first in the late 1950s, in the Baroque Age and then again around 1927, nowadays maintains little of the original structure built by the Normans. The church’s interior is an actual museum that preserves gold and silver relics. Its most valuable pieces are the abbey seal and baton.
The “Vastedda cu Sammucu” festival
Once in Troina, do not miss the appointment with the “Vastedda cu Sammucu” festival, which takes place every spring, during the traditional celebrations in honor of San Silvestro, patron saint of Troina.
The peculiarity of this ancient focaccia (flatbread), typical of the Nebrodi mountains’ territory, is the fragrance of the white and scented sambuco (sambucus nigra) flowers, which are sprinkled all over the focaccia. The vastedda is prepared during the spring, precisely during the blooming of the sambuco plant.
This dish is a symbol of the city’s identity and an exclusive product of Troina’s cuisine.
The archaeological sites
Traces of human settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age, and the still-visitable necropolis located on Mount Mugana’, testify to the prehistoric origins of the city.
Troina still preserves the remains of the Hellenistic-Roman city and the ruins of an impressive megalithic defensive wall dating from the 4th century. B.C. – 3rd century B.C.
Come and visit the archaeological site where you can still find the signs of these ancient civilizations, and the archaeological exhibit inside the Capitania Tower.
Troina rises in a mountainous area in proximity of the Nebrodi Mountains. At the border with the province of Messina is Lake Sartori (the highest lake in Sicily). If you enjoy nature and outdoor activities, visit the surroundings of Troina and try the many outdoor activities available to you in these wonderful places: hiking in the woods, bike riding around the lake, canoeing on the lake, horseback riding and, in winter, a skiing excursion.
Troina is an old, delightful village that offers important cultural events. At the moment, for the first time in Sicily, in Troina you can admire the works of Rubens, the greatest Flemish painter of all time. But there is so much more to see… come and discover it!
Did you know that Lake Sartori is the highest lake in Sicily (944 meters above sea level) and is an artificial basin? It is located on the Nebrodi mountains between Troina and Cerami and was born following the construction of a barrier dam for the Troina stream, in order to produce electricity and provide drinking water to many municipalities in Central Sicily. It is surrounded by beech and oak forests that host a large variety of animal species.
Did you know that Lake Sartori is the highest lake in Sicily (944 meters above sea level) and that it is an artificial basin? The lake, located on the Nebrodi mountains between the towns of Troina and Cerami, was created following the construction of a barrier dam for the Troina stream, in order to produce electricity and provide drinking water to many municipalities in Central Sicily. It is surrounded by beech and oak forests that host a large variety of animal species.