Castelbuono is a charming and lively medieval town with around 10.000 inhabitants and it is the second biggest town in the Madonie area.
The castle built by the Ventimiglias in the 13th century is the centre of the town together with the biggest square, "Piazza Margherita", which
is the main meeting point and where
youaposll find the main church,
"Matrice Vecchia". The connecting monestery is located just behind in a small alley. There are other squares in the town and in all of them
youaposll find one bar side by side another. There are many churches as well and the main part is once in a while open for a free view. Matrice Vecchia
is usually open though and it has a beautiful decorated crypt.
The main income is from trading in food and groceries as well as restaurants. The meat in the butchers shop is usually from cattle in the mountains
around Castelbuono - either the butcher himself has a small farm or one in the family. These farms deliver prime quality goods to the shops and
the restaurants. The local cheeses are ricotta (to be perfect it is from sheep milk), cacciocavallo and pecorino.
There are many restaurants and they make first class meals and big wonderful pizzas - and always baked on wood-fire.
In the area of Castelbuono there are quite a number of olive trees and ash-trees for the manna production. In the town there are 2 places where they press
the olives for oil and the grapes for juice for making wine. These 2 places serve the little producer or the private people who wants oil and wine for
themselves. Because there also is produce of wine. Especially in the vineyard Abbazia Santa Anastasia where they offer guided tours.
As well as the vineyard there also is a 4star hotel, Relais Santa Anastasia.