Nature reserve in Sicily

Parco delle Madonie

Nature reserve in Sicily

Discover the wilderness of Parco delle Madonie! Immerse yourself in biodiversity, stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and outdoor adventures.

  • 90013 Castelbuono
    Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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The Madonie Nature Reserve or Parco delle Madonie

The nature reserve covers an area from the northern coast of Sicily, between Palermo and Cefalù, to the second-highest elevation in Sicily, the Carbonara Massif, at 1,979 meters above sea level. The Region of Sicily created the nature reserve in 1989 to protect one of the most extraordinary biodiversitys in the Mediterranean, as well as the many historical and cultural localities in the Madonie Mountains.

Ancient Ecosystems

Delve into a living museum of natural wonders where ecosystems dating back millennia remain untouched. Encounter rare and endangered species found nowhere else on Earth. In 40,000 hectares of the Madonie Nature Reserve, over 1,600 plant organisms have been cataloged, confirming the richest biodiversity in Sicily.

Spectacular Landscapes

Feast your eyes on breathtaking panoramas - cascading waterfalls, mossy cliffs, giant trees, and endless vistas stretching across the horizon await.

Rich Cultural Heritage

Discover history and culture amidst ancient ruins, medieval villages, and charming chapels. Experience traditions that endure, and time seems to stand still.

Outdoor Adventures

Embark on thrilling outdoor activities - hiking, cycling, wildlife observation, and more for adventurers of all ages. Nature lovers will be delighted by the Madonie Nature Reserve

Culinary Delights

Savor the region's delectable cuisine - locally produced cheeses, aromatic wines, and traditional dishes reflecting Sicilian gastronomy.

Photographer's Paradise

Capture untouched beauty through your lens - witness nature's artistry with the interplay of light and shadows from sunrise to sunset.

Unlock the Secrets of Parco delle Madonie

Experience an unforgettable Sicilian adventure - where time-honored traditions, natural wonders, and untamed wilderness converge. Uncover rugged mountain peaks, lush forests, and picturesque meadows in perfect harmony.


The best way to enter the Madonie nature reserve is from the direction of Cefalù. A good starting point is for example the "Pineta di Grotta Grattara" near the village of Gratteri. Castelbuono is also a good starting or ending point for hikes in the Madonie.

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