Madonie Park



  • Regional Park established on 9/11/1989 (DAR 1489, 09.11.89)
  • List of Protected Areas (EUAP) inserted in 2010 (OJ 125/2010)
  • UNESCO World Geopark (insertion: 17/11/2015)

Area: 39.941 hectares

Municipalities concerned
The Park includes fifteen municipalities of the metropolitan city of Palermo: (Caltavuturo, Castelbuono, Castellana Sicula, Cefalù, Collesano, Geraci Siculo, Gratteri, Isnello, Petralia Soprana, Petralia Sottana, Polizzi Generosa, Pollina, San Mauro Castelverde, Scillato and Sclafani Bagni).

Official site of the managing body: Madonie Park Authority

The Madonie Park includes the Madonie mountain massif, located on the northern Sicilian coast, between the course of the Imera and Pollina rivers. The park is home to over half of Sicilian plant species, and in particular most of those present only in Sicily (such as theAbies nebrodensis in danger of extinction, in the Vallone Madonna degli Angeli).

For the fauna there are over half of the bird species, all the mammal species and more than half of the Sicilian invertebrate species. The geological peculiarities are also noteworthy. The geology of the Madonie is at the center of studies and research that began in the sixties. Precisely because of the geological interest of the Madonie mountain complex, since 2003 the Madonie Park has become part of the European Geopark network to which more than twenty geological and non-European parks belong. The site was included in the list of UNESCO World Geoparks on November 17, 2015, during the 38th Plenary Session of the Unesco General Conference held in Paris.

Brief description relating to the inclusion in the list of Unesco Geoparks:

The UNESCO Global Geopark of the Madonie is an area of ​​great geological interest: in it there are outcrops of rocks that cover a time span of over 200 million years, and which represent all aspects of Sicilian geology, with the exception of volcanic activity. Its position in the central portion of Sicily, its geological-structural arrangement and the morpho-dynamic processes that act in it make this mountain group a fundamental area for the knowledge and reconstruction of the geological history of the Apennine-Maghrebi chain and therefore of the central Mediterranean. Because of these characteristics, the Madonie have constituted and continue to constitute an exceptional study area, as well as a “gymnasium” teaching for generations of university students in geological sciences and natural history. The area contains seven standard formations accepted by the international scientific community and more than forty geosites.



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