|The town of Caltabellotta
Tourism in Caltabellotta
A pleasant village on the mountains, Caltabellotta still boasts a Gothic town-planning layout, with small houses one stuck to the another one, decorated by splendid portals, lost in steep avenues alternating to staircases, with stone pavements and beautiful stone arches introducing to charming little squares.
Also the Hermitage of St. Pellegrino, situated in the highest part of the town, has a Gothic style structure.
You can reach it going up a steep flight of steps or driving along viale Savoia, a modern panoramic road.
The Hermitage, built in the 17th century, is at the top of the homonymous mountain, and along with the annexed little church it represents a nice complex.
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In the 18th century the two buildings were restored and extended by the hermit Stefano Montalbano.
The little church has a wonderful Baroque style portal adorned by a decorated medallion.
Going through a foyer on the left side of the church, you enter to deep grottoes that once were used as proper sanctuaries.
The grottoes, dedicated to the cult of St. Pellegrino, bishop of Triocala, boast many beautiful frescoes, niches and furniture, that according to the legend, belonged to the saint himself.
There are also two majolica panels dated back to 1579 and 1608. Splendid is the panorama you can enjoy just off the Hermitage, looking to the fertile valley below.