In the 15th Century Montelepre was a very fertile area. In 1429 it was purchased by the Bishop of Monreale. Because many bandits in the area disturbed the peace and many vegetables and fruits were stolen from the land, the bishop built a tower in 1435, which was permanently manned. The tower, called Torre Ventimiglia, made the inhabitants of the area feel safe, so soon they begun to build their homes around the big stone tower. The town of Munchilebbi, later called “Montelepre”, was born!
In the years following World War II, Montelepre was known for its bandit Salvatore Giuliano, who fought for an independent Sicily. In Montelepre you can still find several monuments in memory and honor of the policemen, carabinieri and soldiers who were killed in those times by Giuliano and his men.
The most beautiful route to Montelepre, is the one via the coastal road from Castellammare del Golfo to Terrasini. Read more
Following a curvy road into the mountains, you’ll reach the town with its narrow streets and several vantage points. In the medieval tower several pictures from the period of Giuliano are displayed. From its roof top you’ll also have a fantastic view of the valley.
Via a mountain road you can drive to the town of Carini. Near the top, there is an opportunity to go for a hike on the Monte Saraceno, or to have a picnic in the Bosco di Santa Venera on the Montagna Longa, fitted with tables and a barbecue area.