The village of Montalbano Elicona is situated a few kilometres inland from the northern Sicily coast, in north-east Sicily (west of Novara di Sicilia).
The small town, dominated by an old fortress (built at the beginning of the 14th century by Frederick II) surrounded by narrow alleys, is attractive to explore with a sprinkling of historically interesting buildings to admire and views across the surrounding valleys from its position on a ridge.
The most noteworthy of the churches here is the Basilica di Maria Assunta in Cielo (Basilica of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven) and its Gagini artworks.
Montalbano Elicona is one of seven beautiful Sicily villages (i.e. listed as 'most beautiful villages of Italy)'