Novara di Sicilia

Novara di Sicilia, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy

About Novara di Sicilia

City Novara di Sicilia has a population of 906 people

The nearby cities are: Tripi (5.1km), Evangelisti-Rubino (5.7km), Novara di Sicilia (0.0km)

The geographical coordinates of centre of this location are: 38.01537557 degrees of latitude and 15.13133936 degrees of longitude.

Nearest airports operating international passenger or local flights are: Reggio Calabria Airport (REG) (57.8 km) and Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) (59.0 km)

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About Novara di Sicilia

Novara di Sicilia (Gallo-Italic of Sicily: Nuè; Sicilian: Nuvara) is a comune (municipality) in the metropolitan city of Messina in the Italian region of Sicily, located approximately 160 kilometers (99 miles) east of Palermo and approximately 40 kilometers. (25 mi) southwest of Messina.

Novara di Sicilia borders the following municipalities: Fondachelli-Fantina, Francavilla di Sicilia, Mazzarrà Sant'Andrea, Rodì Milici, Tripi.


"Noa", a word of Sicilian origin, means "fallow" to indicate the agricultural vocation of the area. Under the Romans it changed to Novalia (wheat field) and for the Arab garden it was Nouah (garden, flower). Other names used in the Middle Ages include: Nucaria, Nuara, Nucharia, Nugaria, Nutaria, Nocerai, Noara until the definitive transformation in Novara.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it remained under the hands of the Byzantines until the Arab conquest of Sicily. The Sicilian emirate lost it in the 11th century, when it fell under the control of the Normans, who populated the citizens of Lombardy. The population, called the Lombards of Sicily, still speaks a distinctive dialect called the Gallo-Italic of Sicily.

Main attractions

The village, nestled in the mountains that dominate the ancient Tyndaris and Abacaenum and with remarkable views of the Aeolian Islands, is the archetype of a typical medieval city.

There are five churches. The 16th century Cathedral is located in Piazza Duomo. The churches and the ruins of the palace were built by the craftsmen of the city. Other churches include Santa Maria di Noara, S. Nicolò, S. Antonio, S. Giorgio and Annunziata. There are also palaces from the 16th to the 18th century.

Noteworthy is also the anthropological museum, which presents tools of local farmers and craftsmen and shows the ancient culture of the local population. The intricate cobbled streets form a mosaic between the ancient houses that are found shoulder to shoulder along the side of the mountain.

Annual festivals and events

The feast of Sant'Antonio Abate is celebrated in January, with a parade of horses and cattle and a "Blessing of the animals" in the bell tower.

Carnival events include the "Game of the Majorcan", where the wheels of the maiurchèa (a seasoned pecorino) are rolled along a pre-established route, the children's Carnival and a masked ball that takes place in the recently renovated Municipal Theater.

During Holy Week pastoral rituals are held with a silent procession of the Brotherhood.

In July there is a flower festival and the "climbing of the Rocca Salvatesta", which is seen as a test of character.

The Feast of the Assumption (the assumption of the Virgin Mary) is the largest annual event in the city, attracting thousands of visitors. The holidays take place from 31 July to 15 August, when a procession is held with a statue of the Virgin (the patron saint of the city), lit with more than 150 candles, is carried on the streets on the shoulders of over 30 men. The relics of Saint Hugh are also included in the procession and statues of other saints also participate every five years. The event is followed by a fireworks display.

In the first weeks of August an exhibition of vestments, church furnishings, crafts, paintings, photographs and local crafts is held.

A "living nativity scene" is displayed during the Christmas season.


Novara di Sicilia is located 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Messina, 95 kilometers (59 miles) from Catania and 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Taormina. The city is connected to Messina and Catania by a bus service managed by the AST company; the nearest train station is Novara-Montalbano-Furnari, 20 kilometers (12 miles) away.


Franco Cucinotta (born in 1952)

Antonio Sabato (born in 1958)

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