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In the Madonie there are the most ancient rocks of Sicily, dating back to the Triassic period. The several fossils of lamellibranchs, algae, and sponges found in the calcareous areas of the mountain chain are an evidence of it. The highest and most spectacular peaks of the chain are: Pizzo Carbonara ( 1979 mt), Monte San Salvatore ( 1912 mt. Although they are part of the same complex, each of them has a different aspect. Gentle or harsh, covered in vegetation or bare, they are scattered over the territory shaping valleys, plateaus, cliffs, and gentle hills. In the Madonie - which cover only the 2% of the surface of the island, there are more than a half of the Sicilian vegetal species, among which endemic species.

The area of the Madonie with its geomorphological and climatic features leads to the identification of three different areas: the coastal strip of the northern slope, protected by the African winds and covered by thick woods, centuries-old olive groves, cork tree woods, chestnut tree woods, ash trees, oak woods made of Downy oak and the holly nuclei of Piano Pomo. On the contrary, the large mountain chain preserves the woods of ilex and beech trees, and is characterized by several endemic species, among which the Abies Nebrodensis, a relict of ancient glaciation. The southern and sunny slope, bare or luxuriant and mild in the changing succession of the seasons is "The aspect of real Sicily; however, it is also a gentle series of mountain and hilly slopes cultivated with wheat and barley.
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Madonies mountains
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Madonies mountains.
Madonies mountains.
t1%2f48%2f614948%2f4%2f97423860.rEk0niqb.jpg borage
borage
giant umbelliferus.
giant umbelliferus.
giant umbelliferus.
giant umbelliferus.
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Polizzi Generosa - Wind energy
Polizzi Generosa - Wind energy
Polizzi Generosa 2
Polizzi Generosa 2
Polizzi Generosa
Polizzi Generosa
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t1%2f48%2f614948%2f4%2f97582766.8Yk1w6Oq.jpg Madonies mountains.
Madonies mountains.
I don't know the name of this flower...
I don't know the name of this flower...
asphodel
asphodel
fig tree.
fig tree.
guess... doesn't this cloud shape look a bit like...
guess... doesn't this cloud shape look a bit like...
cyclamen
cyclamen
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Collesano
Collesano
Madonies mountains
Madonies mountains
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Madonies mountains.
olive-trees
olive-trees
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P1260283-1.JPG
Madonies mountains
Madonies mountains
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oranger
oranger
orange-tree blossom
orange-tree blossom
Sicilian sunset
Sicilian sunset
papaveri
papaveri
gli ulivi
gli ulivi
Madonies mountains, sunset.
Madonies mountains, sunset.
t1%2f48%2f614948%2f4%2f97852612.pjaQ0qwU.jpg our little hotel
our little hotel
the little hotel.
the little hotel.
Madonies mountains
Madonies mountains
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Madonies mountains
Madonies mountains, motorway
Madonies mountains, motorway
Madonies mountains
Madonies mountains
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through the car window.
mount Etna
mount Etna
mount Etna 2
mount Etna 2
mount Etna 3
mount Etna 3
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