San Marco d'AlunzioA Mountain of Charm
San Marco d’ Alunzio was founded by the Greeks in the 4th century BC, and was a thriving settlement after the Romans conquered Sicily. In the 11th century, Robert Guiscard used the hilltop settlement as one of his main bases for his conquest of the island, establishing it as a center for Christianity, which has left the town with 22 churches. Dominating the upper part of the village are the remains of Robert Guiscard’s San Marco Castle. The picturesque Church of San Teodoro, which is connected to a Benedictine monastery, now houses the Byzantine-Norman Museum, where visitors can learn about the town’s fascinating medieval history. Another church-cum-museum is the 16th century Church of St. Giuseppe - a beautiful 16th century Baroque structure, now home to the Museum of Sacred Art. Of course, be sure to sample some of the town’s country gastronomy, particularly its Norman-influenced pork, and fried macaroni!
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