Areas of tourist importance

Some tourist information to find out more about the area attractions near Le Ancore

Terme Vigliatore


  • Villa delle Termae-Roman villa located in the village of San Biagio from the 1st century a.d.
  • Church of our Lady of grace-Erected on the ruins of a Benedictine monastery
  • Gallows of Maceo-ancient structure erected for the executions of death row inmates.
  • The gazebo-beachfront marchesana is present “the gazebo”: it is a large Vault built largely of wood.

Riserva naturale orientata Laghetti di Marinello

Marinello is a great destination for the naturalistic tourist.

Brackish water lakes at the foot of the sanctuary of Tindari, Oliveri, are temporary ponds that are derived from a series of human interventions target sectors placed downstream in the river Timeto. The number of Lakes varies depending on the season and the tides.

A horizontal landscape white, green and blue: the innermost ponds become fresh water.

Flora: Mediterranean composed of milkweed, reeds, Myrtle, capers and figs of India.

Fauna: mollusks and baby, clams in water, migratory birds around.

On the hill opposite, a path leads to the cave of the sorceress, cave whose walls are dotted with limescale.

The history of these ponds is always linked to the influence of the Sanctuary: in 1982 the tides traced a Lake from profile semblant to a woman with a child in her lap, that the popular belief attributed to the black madonna of Tindari.

The reserve was established in 1998. Managing body is the province of Messina.

Montalbano Elicona 

It is located in the province of Messina in the hinterland of the Gulf of Patti. In this village was awarded the title of Borgo dei borghi: is the most beautiful village in Italy 2015. The award was given during the transmission of Rai Tre at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The village is picturesque, great tourist attraction. Its houses are built on the slopes of this Hill, in a path that leads to the Manor place at 907 meters above sea level.

It is a maze of narrow streets where time seems to stand still in a bygone era. The castle is owned by the municipality, now is in very good condition, after suffering long restoration work that make it usable in all environments. Recently established the Museum of weapons and the Centre for the development of the medieval village.


Perfect destination for the passionate tourist of history and archeology.

The city was founded by Dionysius of Syracuse in 396 BC. as a colony of Syracuse mercenaries who had participated in the war against Carthage, in the territory of the city of Sicily of Abacaenum (Tank), and took the name of Tyndaris, in honor of tyndareus, King of Sparta and husband of Leda, putative father of Elena and the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux.

During the first Punic War, under the control of Hieron II of Syracuse, was a Carthaginian naval base, and its waters fought in 257 BC the battle of tyndaris, where the Roman fleet, led by the Consul Aulus Atilius Calatinus, routed the Carthaginian.

With Syracuse then passed into the Roman orbit and was the naval base of Sextus Pompey. Taken by Augustus in 36 BC, who deduced the Roman colony of Colonia Augusta Tyndaritanorum, one of five in Sicily, Cicero the cited as nobilissima civitas.

In the first century AD. He suffered the consequences of a big landslide, while in the fourth century was subject to two destructive earthquakes

Episcopalian, was conquered by the Byzantines in 535 and fell into the hands of the Arabs, from whom 836 was destroyed.

Archaeological remains

The remains of the ancient city are located in the archaeological zone, in fairly good condition, for the lack of interest of a reuse of sandstone blocks that were made up.

Tourist park of ancient Tyndaris

The first excavations date back to 1838-1839 and resumed between 1960 and 1964 by the archaeological Superintendence of Syracuse and again in 1993, 1996 and 1998 by the Superintendence of Messina, section of archaeological heritage. Mosaics, sculptures and ceramics have been found preserved in part at the local Museum and partly at the regional Archaeological Museum in Palermo.

The urban structure, probably dating to the time of the founding of the city, had a regular path to the Board. Was based on three decumani, main roads (8 m), running Southeast-Northwest direction, each at a different elevation, and crossed at right angles and evenly spaced with milestones, roads and in slope (length 3 m). Under the city’s sewer system was, to which you connected the raceways from individual homes. The blocks are delimited by the streets had a width of about 30 m and a length of 77 or 78 m.

UNO dei decumani unearthed during excavation, the upper one was supposed to be the main street of the city: along at one end the theater, located further upstream and dug into the slopes of the Hill, and the other end into the Agora, beyond which, in the most high, occupied today by the shrine of the Black Madonna, must have been the Acropolis.

The city walls

The city walls, the remains of which are currently visible are due to a reconstruction of the 3rd century BC. that follows a previous, probably coeval with the Foundation was completed on the side towards the sea and remodeled in the late Imperial era and Byzantine.

The town grew to a length of about 3 km and was “a double curtain, with two parallel walls (about 0.70 m thick) in Opus quadratum of sandstone with parallel courses, separated by a space originally filled with earth or stones (2.10 m thick), reaching a height of 6.85 m. A far different rose square towers: one of these (interior space of 6.5 x 5.15 m wide walls and 0.43 m and 0.87 m long) contains a section of the staircase leading to the top of the walls.

The main door, on the southwest side, was flanked by two towers and protected by a frontispiece, with the semicircular pincer inside area paved with pebbles. Other small steps opened alongside the larger gate towers and were used for the sallies of the defenders.