The small village of Buscemi is a place where you have to go in those moments when you need a break, away from the stress of everyday life.
Buscemi welcomes the visitor with the silence of the surrounding nature, interrupted only by the sweet sound of the water that flows from the ancient fountain located at the entrance of the town. Here, escaping from the hot summer days, it is pleasant to stop to cool off and admire the view that, beyond the ruins of the ancient medieval castle that dominates the valley, ranges up to see the city of Ragusa in the distance.
In the past, Buscemi had great strategic and military importance thanks to the excellent view of the Valley of the Anapo river and the Hyblaean Mountains.
You can easily visit this village on foot. A few meters higher than the fountain is the oldest district of the town. Crossing silent alleys and small staircases, you reach the beautiful baroque façade of the mother church, the church of Natività di Maria Santissima, which acts as a splendid backdrop to the main artery of the town, where the most significant monuments are found. The Church of San Giacomo overlooks this street. This church is no longer used for religious purposes, but hosts cultural events, thanks also to its lovely raised little square where there is a spectacular secular bagolaro tree (Millicucco). A little further on you can admire the façade of the Church of San Sebastiano, also in the late Baroque style, as well as the Church of Sant’Antonio which stands out for its harmonious portal and bell tower.
Just outside the village you can visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Bosco, patron saint of the town, venerated by the citizens of Buscemi and celebrated on the last Sunday of August with solemn celebrations.
Buscemi is famous as the “museum village” thanks to its fascinating museum known as “The places of peasant labor” (http://www.museobuscemi.org/). It is an evocative ethno-anthropological itinerary dedicated to the peasant and local artisan history. It is housed in ancient houses and dammusi within the village and visited every year by thousands of tourists curious to discover the ancient Sicilian traditions of the rural world.
Buscemi is a place with an even more remote history, as evidenced, a few kilometers from the village, the archaeological site of ancient Casmene, an important Greek colony that was strategically located on the road that from Syracuse led up to Selinunte, and the Byzantine church of San Pietro overlooking a suggestive gorge.
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