Capo d’Orlando

Capo d'Orlando, Sicily

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Capo d’Orlando’s name comes from its conquest by the Normans and the most famous of King Charlemagne’s knights who, legend has it, stopped off here on his way to the Holy Land

In ancient times a flourishing fishing village on the north eastern coast of Sicily, it is now primarily a tourist town which attracts a great many visitors in summer to its beautiful coast, hilly landscape and abundant vegetation as well as to the nearby Aeolian islands which are easily visible from the headland just to the north east of this rock mass stretching out into the Tyrrhenian sea.

Capo d’Orlando is also a place of great artistic vitality in connection, in particular, with the splendid Villa Piccolo, once the residence of the Piccolo barons and today a museum open to the public together with its large and very well looked after park. On the northern slopes of the Nebrodi mountains, Capo d’Orlando is somehow suspended between the sea and the mountains with the verdant Parco dei Nebrodi on one side and the intense blue of the waves on the other. A great many footpaths and cycling routes give breathtaking panoramic views of the Aeolian isles from the high ground around the town. It is certainly not a coincidence that one of the symbols of Capo d’Orlando is its lighthouse on the last rise of its headland whose cliffs plunge headlong into the sea.

Beaches and sea

Capo d’Orlando’s beaches are sandy, peaceful and surrounded by verdant hills: San Gregorio’s seafront, several kilometres of beach with a great many clefts and bays and the Testa di Monaco beach, with golden sand and a the intense blue of a very deep sea bed.