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Tindari and Marinello

Myth, art, culture, fairytale landscapes

In the hamlet of Patti, the Basilica Santuario di Maria Santissima di Tindari stands on the summit of a hill overlooking the small lakes of Marinello and is dedicated to the cult of the Black Madonna of Tindari: legend has it that the sculpture, transported by sea, prevented the ship from leaving after it had taken refuge in the bay of the small lakes of Tindari to escape the storm. And there it remained.

At the foot of the promontory where the Tindari Sanctuary stands are the Laghetti di Marinello, an arm of sea of exceptional beauty. It is a vast area of sand with small lakes of brackish water that are constantly changing due to the effect of the tides. The floristic aspect of the area is characterised by the remarkable variety of species that are best adapted to the different environments: coastal sands, brackish lakes and cliffs. The littoral sands are environments characterised by strong temperature fluctuations between day and night and high salt concentrations. Among the most frequent species are the wild violacea, sea rocket, horned poppy, sea lily, St. Peter's eryngium, beach bunchgrass, sea holly and beach bunting.

Patti and Mongiove

Between ancient cultures and pristine beaches

It is a lively centre on the Tyrrhenian coast overlooking the innermost part of the Gulf of the same name and stretches out over the sea with Marina di Patti, where the remains of a Roman Villa were recently found. Founded in 1094 by Count Roger I, elevated to a bishopric by King Roger II in 1131, named a royal city by Frederick III of Aragon in 1312, Patti received the title of 'magnanima' (magnanimous) by Charles V, for having paid a generous tribute to the crown. The historic core of the city still partly retains the medieval fabric of narrow streets, surmounted by arches, clustered around the Cathedral. The Cathedral, whose current structure is 18th century, has a beautiful Norman portal rebuilt on the main façade.

Imagine you are in an enchanted land: around you the blue Tyrrhenian Sea stretches as far as the eye can see and the sky blurs with the sea... Mongiove is located in an inlet surrounded by green hills that give it a pleasant and breezy climate. The seaside resort is characterised by the presence of wide sandy beaches, with a seabed of medium depth that facilitates a particularly flourishing fishing activity, both trolling and from land.

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