Church of San Biagio (Castelmola)

The church of San Biagio is one of the oldest churches in Castelmola. The small building is located near a rocky ridge, in a truly panoramic position. From the church square you can admire Mount Etna, Taormina and Giardini Naxos. Some restoration works carried out in the 1990s have restored the building and even brought to light the remains of an 18th century fresco. 

The Church of San Biagio at Castelmola 

The Church of San Biagio is the first church built in Castelmola after the arrival of San Pancrazio in Taormina in 40 AD. The building was built near a rock covered with prickly pears. From the square in front of the church of San Biagio there is a splendid view of Taormina, Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna. The appearance of the church is typical of southern Italian buildings, and inside there is only one room. After several years of neglect, the church was restored in the 1990s and its barrel vault was completely rebuilt. During the works, an eighteenth-century fresco depicting “Madonna with Child, St. Blaise and Angels” was recovered from the wall behind the high altar.

How to reach the church

There are two ways to reach the church of San Biagio in Castelmola. If you are already in the village, follow the southern bypass, a road paved with myrtle slabs, until you reach a flight of steps on the left. Go down the steps until you find a gate on the left that leads to the church square. The more strenuous but fascinating alternative is to walk along the Saracen Way. This is the ancient road that connected Taormina to the village of Castelmola. After an initial paved stretch, a series of stone steps will take you first to the Porta dei Saraceni, the ancient entrance to Castelmola, and then to the Church of San Biagio.

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