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What to see in Corleone and surroundings

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Corleone is located in the province of Palermo, in Sicily, and is a pretty town located in an inner mountain area between the famous castles of Soprano and Sottano, immersed in a splendid natural landscape. You will be enchanted by the famous and fairytale Waterfall of the Due Rocche, a 4 meter waterfall around which a dense and natural Mediterranean vegetation extends.

The city has a long history and its construction begins from the sixth century. BC, first foundations of the city of Schera also mentioned in his works by Cicero; also saw the Arab occupation in the th century, was then conquered by the Normans in the th century, and then in the th century it was populated by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen who with his Lombard troops entered the city thanks to Ottone di Camerana, a very important name in Sicilian history especially on the occasion of the war of Vespers.

It is also sadly known for its past with a conspiratorial face with mafia roots, however much has been done and is being done to dispel sad clichés and make Corleone known as a Sicilian city rich in history and important truths.



Index

  1. Mother Church
  2. Waterfall of the two Rocche
  3. Soprano castle
  4. Castle Sottano
  5. Church of San Domenico
  6. Monastery of Ss. Salvatore
  7. Church and convent of Sant'Agostino
  8. International Documentation Center on the Mafia and the Anti-Mafia Movement
  9. civic Museum
  10. Church of San Leoluca
  11. What to see in the surrounding area: 5 places of interest near Corleone
  12. What to do in the evening: the most beautiful neighborhoods and clubs of the nightlife
  13. Plan your stay in Corleone
  14. User questions and comments

1 - Mother Church

The first stone of the church was laid in the fourteenth century and the project was completed in the eighteenth century, boasts some splendid frescoes (added starting from 1700) inside the dome made by Carmelo Salpietro and Giuseppe Genzardi.

The church contains notable works, including the paintings by Fra Felice da Sambuca (the most important is the one depicting San Leoluca), a marble sculpture depicting the Madonna del Soccorso from the Gaginian school and a work by Valsi that is a wooden choir dating back to the th.
It is also possible to admire a small art gallery which consists of nine paintings with a religious theme: these are works composed between 1500 and 1700 such as the Holy Family, the Adoration of the Magi and the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.

The church is dedicated to San Martino e reflects the typically Muslim style especially in the external structure; inside the sacristy there is an imposing black wooden crucifix of Byzantine origin from the 18th century, as well as numerous pieces of goldsmith's art and sacred vestments. The best time to visit is in the late afternoon around 00pm.



  • if you are by car we advise you to park the vehicle along via F. Bentivegna and from there in just 2 minutes on foot you reach the attraction - Get directions
  • Opening time: approximately between 9:00 and 18:00. Times are subject to variations, also depending on the masses
  • Prices: free
  • Info and advice: being a sacred place, visitors are asked to wear appropriate clothing and not to consume food

2 - Waterfall of the two Rocche

This waterfall was formed by the jump of the San Leonardo river (tributary of the Belice river) and attracts especially many photography enthusiasts for the almost fairytale landscape that it offers to its visitors.

It is 4 meters high about and ends on a small lake and then continues into the woods. As soon as you arrive, you seem to have immersed yourself in a place from a fantasy film, with the green of the surrounding Mediterranean vegetation and the water that gushes out, generating a slight rustle, creating a particular sense of serenity in the viewer.

The area can be visited in about half an hour and the best time to do it is spring: the glaciers will begin to melt and the waterfall will be rich in water, the vegetation will be very lush and the temperature will certainly be mild and pleasant. The perfect time to visit is in the morning, when the sun's rays are already high and will reflect on the water creating a pleasant atmosphere.


  • from the city center they are 700 meters away on foot and it is the recommended way because to reach the falls you have to take a narrow path and not suitable for cars - Get directions
  • Opening time: open 24 hours, for more information visit the website
  • Prices: free
  • Info and advice: it is advisable to wear sports clothing and trekking shoes as the ground in front of the waterfall is very muddy

3 - Soprano castle

This castle overlooks the inhabited center: at 861 meters above sea level stands the castrum superius of the Frederick era built for defensive purposes.
It was probably built around the thirteenth century and already from the eighteenth it seemed to be in ruins, today very little remains of the original castle, the most important and recognizable part is the tower circular sighting.
The origins of the latter are almost certainly attributable to the Arab construction dating back to the th century.

It is not well known which, between the aforementioned castle and the Sottano one, was erected first and is therefore older than the other, there are in fact several citations and references dating back to the years 1237 and 1249 widespread by a colony of Lombardi and of Frederick II who attest to its existence.


  • the castle is located right above the Cascata delle due Rocche and the best way to reach it is to use the car, and then walk for a while from via Napoli
  • Opening time: always accessible
  • Prices: free

4 - Castle Sottano

Formerly castrum inferius, built on a limestone "piece" of the Montagna Vecchia.
This place today it is the hermitage of the Franciscans, was built in ancient times by the Arabs, together with the soprano, between the tenth and thirteenth centuries, however it is not certain which of the two was built first.

This castle, until the middle of the twentieth century, was used as a prison, while starting from the year 1974 it was converted into the convent of the Friars Minor Renovated, today a important point of reference for the city, silent oasis for the retreat in prayer. In the past this place had great importance above all because the first houses of the town of Schera were built around it, which later gave life to the current town of Corleone.


  • the former castle underneath is perched on the Old Mountain and is perfectly located in the center of the town, which is why it is visible from almost anywhere due to its position - Get directions
  • Opening time: interiors not open to visitors

5 - Church of San Domenico

It was built in the th century by the Preachers, it is divided into three naves and retains the typical architectural plan of the seventeenth century; is the place that it houses many paintings commissioned between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including the canvas depicting St. Thomas Aquinas and that of the Madonna del Rosario.

It is then placed on the presbytery a magnificent Baroque style organ, and then two mausoleums of pyramidal plan characterized by polychrome marbles and donated by the Scarlata, two benefactors of the church. We must not forget the Lombard marble stoup from 1500.


  • this church is easily reachable on foot from the center of Corleone, precisely just 3 minutes walk from the Church of San Martino - Get directions
  • Opening time: approximately between 9:00 and 18:00. Times are subject to variations, also depending on the masses
  • Prices: free

6 - Monastery of the Holy Savior

It is a sanctuary of medieval origins, was initially the home of Carmelite and Benedictine nuns, a coexistence that ended with the death of the Carmelite abbess and making sure that only the Benedictines remained in this place.

Over the years it was rebuilt in the th century by a benefactor knight whose name is known only, "Salvatore".
Inside you can admire the fresco by Filippo Randazzo dating back to 1735, the monocle of Nicosia, which depicts the triumph of St. Benedict in the presence of the Holy Trinity between the Carmelite and Benedictine Saints. There is then a cloister with a classical style with an octagonal fountain in the center. Today a part of the monastery has been used as a place to provide assistance for the needs and the elderly.

  • the Monastery is just 2 minutes by car from the city center along Via Candelora and Via Ss. Salvatore. Get directions
  • Opening time: approximately between 9:00 and 18:00. Times are subject to variations, also depending on the masses

7 - Church and convent of Sant'Agostino

A very particular church especially for its "Muslim" style exterior, it was founded by the Augustinians starting from the 300th century and has been remodeled internally in Baroque style; it's very interesting why it houses a baroque altar and splendid paintings.

We remember the painting depicting the Martyrdom of San Bartolomeo by Giuseppe Ribera and a canvas that recalls the moments in the life of St. Augustine.
Inside there is a beautiful painting by Giuseppe Ribera depicting the Martyrdom of San Bartolomeo as well as a large canvas that reproduces moments from the life of St. Augustine.

Adjacent to the church, the beautiful oratory of Sant'Agostino has recently been restored, with a room whose walls are entirely covered with frescoes, stuccos, paintings, and painted woods. To welcome the faithful there is the wooden statue of the Madonna del Soccorso, also known as Madonna della Mazza, which stands in the center of the wall opposite the entrance.

  • it is located in the city center and is just 5 minutes walk from the most important attractions - Get directions

8 - International Documentation Center on the Mafia and the Anti-Mafia Movement

Also called CIDMA, this center was inaugurated in December 2000 and it was set up to show the world what the mafia was and what it is today, by means of a historical excursus that goes from its birth to the present day.

E' divided into 3 rooms, each of which used for a different function: the Stanza dei Faldoni houses the documents of the famous "Maxi trial", the testimony of the work of magistrates such as Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who paid with their lives for their commitment in the fight against the mafia , the Message Room that collects the photos taken by the Sicilian Letizia Battaglia that immortalize the tragic mafia murders of the 70s and 80s.
The Room of Pain where the photos taken by Shoba Battaglia are collected and which show the desperation felt by those who have lost someone to the mafia.

  • it is located in the city center and is just 1 minute walk (about 80 meters) from the Church of San Martino - Get directions
  • Opening time: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00
  • Prices: € 15,00, for 3 people or more € 8,00 each, up to 12 years free

9 - Civic Museum

Established in 1991, this museum is named after the Corleonese painter belonging to the Futurist movement Pippo Rizzo, famous for having founded the "Rinnovamento" cultural club in Corleone.
The seat of the museum is a eighteenth-nineteenth century style building located in the city center belonging to the Provenzano family and dating back to the mid-th century.

Its interiors are cushion-vaulted and decorated with paintings, stuccoes and majolica floors; this museum collects archaeological finds found during the excavations conducted in the archaeological site of the Old Mountain, but there are also objects and remains belonging to the period ranging from the Paleolithic to the medieval era.

The most valuable piece kept in this museum is the Miliarum, or the ancient stone which certifies the LVII miles that separated Agrigento from the site; to make it very precious and unique of its kind is in particular the epigraph "Aurelio Cotta Console" which helps us to date this testimony to 252 BC

  • the museum is located in the center, specifically just 1 minute walk from the Church of San Martino - Get directions
  • Opening time: from Monday to Saturday 9: 00-13: 00 and 15: 30-19: 30, Sunday 9: 00-13: 00
  • Prices: free entry

10 - Church of San Leoluca

It is really very old, the first records attesting its existence date back to 1400, and today it is place dedicated to the patron saint of the city, San Leoluca.
Inside, the embellishments and the portal from the outside date back to the 700th century, and you can admire an enchanting wooden statue of 1761 representing the guardian angel; the statue of the patron saint is placed on the back of the main altar characterized by a coating where there is a bronze frontal (made by Biagio Governali) and was built before the fourteenth century, however it was destroyed due to a fire in 1949 and totally rebuilt .
Right next to the church there is a parish library established in 1979.

  • it's a 3 minute walk from the Mother Church - Get directions
  • Opening time: approximately between 9:00 and 18:00. Times are subject to variations, also depending on the masses
  • Prices: free

What to see in the surrounding area: 5 places of interest near Corleone

  1. Ficuzza - Rocca Busambra: the fortress is an impressive 1.613 meters high boulder which rises above the Ficuzza wood, formerly a hunting reserve of the Bourbons and today an important nature reserve where it is possible to find woods, wetlands and grasslands. (30 min by car from the center - 13 km)
  2. Borgo Schirò: it is a village now uninhabited and built during the fascist regime and consisting of about thirty houses, a church, a school and various shops; a must see if you want to visit a fascinating "ghost" place. (18 min by car - 11 km)
  3. Archaeological excavations Monte Maranfusa: archaeological site that has returned to posterity important evidence for the reconstruction of western Sicily in the archaic period, in particular finds of everyday life and for the subsistence of the indigenous community have been brought to light. (43 min by car from the center - 27km)
  4. Archaeological Area of ​​Monte Jato: there are the remains of a settlement from the protohistoric age up to the early Middle Ages. The Greek name of the city is Iatoy; this site can only be reached from the east through a contiguous plateau. (40 min by car from the center - 30km)
  5. Mount Carcaci Nature Reserve: characterized by limestone rocks of different species of limestone and marl and clayey soils formed during the geological and climatic events of the Mediterranean. This place collects woods, wetlands and rocky environments. (50 min by car from the center - 33km)

What to do in the evening: the most beautiful neighborhoods and clubs of the nightlife

Corleone is not a very large center, which is why the nightlife tends to be concentrated in small urban areas adjacent to the Piazza Falcone and Borsellino, where you can enjoy excellent drinks; however there is also the possibility of spending a pleasant evening consuming local products in the various restaurants scattered throughout the Corleone area.

The best clubs

  1. Marilyn Cafe: modern place having to be able to sip an aperitif with friends or consume traditional sweets
    Address: via Salvatore Aldisio - Get directions / Phone: 327 762 4859 / Facebook page
    Average price of a drink: € 7,00
  2. Strange Days pub Corleone: known by the Corleonesi as the pub par excellence, it is a place that has made history and has become the city's meeting place; sandwiches are also served
    Address: via F. Morvillo - Get directions / Phone: 347 7978870
    Average price of a drink: € 6,00
  3. Gennaro Pizzeria Restaurant: it is typical Sicilian, it serves dishes cooked with seasonal products; there is a vast assortment of pizzas prepared with local flour and ground in a stone mill, cooked in a wood oven.
    Address: Corso dei Mille - Get directions / Phone: 091 846 4767 / Facebook page
    Average price of a drink: € 9,00
  4. The Bevaio of Corleone: farmhouse that offers excellent dishes prepared only with organic agricultural products typical of the area and grown on the farm, in an environment surrounded by unspoiled local nature where it is also possible to indulge in wellness programs.
    Address: SS188dir / c, 13 - Get directions / Phone: 333 427 8623 / Facebook page
    Average price of a drink: € 20,00

Plan your stay in Corleone

In the small town of Corleone life is not expensive, for this reason those who go there can be sure to spend reasonable amounts both for the overnight stay and in reference to the expenses for meals.
You will be happy to know that whatever period you choose to visit it, Corleone always guarantees high quality food products, thanks to its position that ensures the best raw materials

The perfect time is spring, the costs to stay are around € 50,00 per night, also visiting the center, the main attractions and buying any souvenirs will really have a negligible cost.

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  • Recommended period: between March and May, in addition to being able to enjoy mild and pleasant temperatures, you can take part in the solemn celebrations of March 1st in honor of San Leoluca and those of the last week of May where the famous Cursa di Santu Luca is held
  • Recommended for: families and for couples; the places to visit are of various kinds, you can dedicate yourself both to visiting the center, churches and museums, and to excursions in the woods near the Cascata delle due Rocche
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • How to get there and how to get around: the nearest airport is Palermo's Falcone-Borsellino - Compare flights from € 19,00 -. It is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, connected to Corleone in 1 hour and 50 minutes by the Ast bus (about € 6,00). In the city it is fine to walk around, however to move better between the nature reserves we recommend renting a car (from € 20,00 per day)
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