We discover together our history, our mythological past that can be identified with the Union of the 24 Hamlets and the ancient Maniace's Abbey risen in the Maniace valley, close to the Saraceno torrent after the year 859 A.D.. The Castle, the Abbey, even the city of Bronte and its territory belonged first to the Palermo Hospital and then to the heirs of Horatio Nelson. The vassalage suffered for centuries by the city was one of the principal causes of the misery and the riots. It brought hardship, epidemic but also, anticipating the times in 1887, the birth of the Society of the honest workmen and of the Ospedale Castiglione Prestianni.
Especially from 1700 to all of 1800, Bronte was a city fecund of illustrious personalities, a large number of "elected intelligences" formed in the big forge of Sicilian knowledge represented in those centuries by the College founded by Ignazio Capizzi. In the pages dedicated to the personalities will find the outstanding men's profile (Antonino Cairone, Nicola Spedalieri, Pietro Calanna, the Card. De Luca, the brothers Cimbali, the historian Benedetto Radice, Vincenzo Schilirò, ...), together with that of many others illustrious brontesi of our days (Sciavarrello, Zingale, Mario Lupo, Nicola Lupo, ...). We talk to you also about our Mayors, about the Parliamentarians and about the Council. Because of the indifference to memories memories of great men, with these pages we wish to remember the figures of our illustrious citizens and, above all, honor and recall from a forgotten past the best sons of our town.
In these pages we describe the fiestas Bronte's traditions (the Holy Friday, Annunziata Feast, the Sepulchers ...), the typical Sweets and Bronte's traditional dishes. The local cuisine is rather poor, with simple and natural ingredients, countryman style, but, maybe because of that, contains old and genuine flavors and tastes now forgotten in other Italian regions.
The pages dedicated to Environment will show some important characteristic of Bronte's territory and shall comment the most significant. We shall talk of the magnificent surveys and the variegated environment of the large territory of Bronte (the woods, the Sciara (lava) of the SS. Cristo, the volcano Etna, the Difesa, "u Pagghiaru" ).
Our City gives to the Etna and Nebrodi park and to the lava grottos of the Simeto river, over one half of its 25.000 hectares of land
The brontese economy consists mainly of agriculture, handicraft. fruit growing, cattle breeding and, above all, cultivation, processing and marketing of Pistachio. Besides reminding this precious fruit of our land in our Economy page we shall talk of all the local economic activities and of the many products originated in our territory (typical cheeses, dried fruit, etc.)
With these pages we want to create a point of contact in which we can find ourselves together again in the Web; we want that other people may learn things about Bronte and let the citizens of Bronte know fellow countrymen who live outside of our town. We ask all the brontese guys that still love their city, but above all, the ones scattered all over the world, (brontesi who have emigrated and their children, etc.) who have not forgotten their origin and that have heard of Bronte through their parents or their forefathers.
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Our purposes in putting these pages together express, maybe with a little presumption, our wish to tell you things about our country town than many Bronte's folks, living here or anywhere in the world, ignore and would not know where to search for them.
We want also to give to the ones who live away from Bronte, in Italy or abroad, a chance, to meet and communicate in the net.
Bronte, declared by the Sicilian Regional Government City of art, keeps unchanged his old city center, marked by narrow streets on which the most important palaces and the most ancient quarters are erected.
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Bronte originated from a group of farmhouses populated by farmers and shepherds.
Ever since struggling for their bare existence.
That is why the nature of Bronte’s countrymen is often judged strongly determinate, free, conscious and jealous of its rights and seldom available to compromise.
Maybe wasn’t by chance that Antonino Cairone and the philosopher Nicola Spedalieri, who was the first to talk about the rights of the man in Italy, was born here.
And wasn’t by chance that Bronte’s countrymen were protagonists in good part of the Sicilian riots tending to affirm the principles of autonomy and independence: from those of 1820 in Palermo for the restoration of the Sicilian constitution of 1812, to those of 1848-1849 and finally those of 1860 Events in which Bronte was charged with "injured humanity", as Bixio hastily defined it.
Bronte's families, genealogies, and surnames evolution