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If you are on holiday in the south east of Sicily and want to discover extraordinary landscapes, you don’t have to miss Buccheri. It is a very pleasant village in the Hyblaean Mountains, the highest in the Syracuse area, located on the slopes of Mount Lauro (986 m). It is rich in archaeological evidence due to the succession of Sicilians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines. Arabs and Normans fortified the territory: some important remains of the castle are visible even today. Destroyed after the earthquake of 1693, Buccheri was rebuilt on the same site. You can visit the church of S. Antonio (with its spectacular staircase with interesting paintings by G. Borremans from 1728), the church of S. Maria Maddalena, the Mother church with an incomplete façade with a wooden crucifix from the 16th century inside. a seventeenth-century painting depicting St. Michael in the left aisle and a painting depicting St. Ambrose (patron saint of the town) from the mid-18th century.
At eight km from Buccheri, towards Lentini, there is the Church of S. Andrea, in Gothic style, built in 1225 by Federico II.
From Buccheri you reach the grotto of S. Nicola, a Christian church excavated in the rock, covered with frescoes of which you can see some traces still visible today.
Countryside culture is everywhere present in Buccheri. Evidence of this is the excellent food and wine tradition, with excellent typical products such as extra virgin olive oil (award-winning in many international competitions), meats and cured meats, mushrooms and truffles. It is no coincidence that the Italian Observatory of Food and Wine Excellencies, in the “100 Italian destinations” competition, awarded Buccheri as 1st Municipality agribusiness ambassador and the World Food Travel Association recently awarded Buccheri as Best Culinary Destination in the World.

In 2021 Buccheri became part of the “Most Beautiful Villages in ItalyMost Beautiful Villages in Italy“, the prestigious club that unites the most picturesque and fascinating small towns in our country. It is the third village in the province of Syracuse, the 22nd Sicilian to obtain the recognition.

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