While exploring the streets adorned with these captivating masterpieces, take a moment to immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of Graniti. Engage in conversations with the locals, who are known for their warm hospitality and eagerness to share stories about the murals and the community’s artistic journey. Feel a genuine sense of pride as they invite you to experience the magic of Graniti Murales firsthand.
As you continue your walk, indulge in the delightful offerings of the village. Treat yourself to a delectable ice cream from one of the four charming local bars. As you savour each spoonful of creamy goodness, allow yourself to be transported by the unique flavours that Sicilian gelato has to offer. Whether you opt for a classic pistachio or venture into new taste sensations, this sweet treat adds a perfect touch to your exploration of Graniti.
While the murals undoubtedly steal the spotlight, it is the seamless integration of art, community, and local life that truly sets Graniti apart. The residents take great pride in their village’s transformation into an open-air art gallery, and their enthusiasm is contagious. Their passion for preserving the cultural heritage and nurturing a vibrant artistic atmosphere shines through in every conversation and interaction.
So, lace up your walking shoes, grab your phone and use our interactive Google map, and set out to discover the hidden gems that grace the walls of Graniti. Let yourself be captivated by the stories that unfold with each brushstroke, relish the flavours of Sicilian gelato, and bask in the warm embrace of a community that welcomes you with open arms. Graniti Murales invites you to immerse yourself in a world where art breathes life into every corner, leaving an indelible mark on your heart and memories.
Note: Please be mindful of the residents’ privacy and respect the artwork by refraining from touching or damaging the murals.
The history of Graniti dates back centuries, with evidence of its existence mentioned in a diploma from 1117. Throughout the years, Graniti experienced various changes in ownership and development, ultimately flourishing in the 1800s. The Roccachiacchere district, with its well-preserved houses featuring hand-carved stone jambs from the 18th century, stands as a testament to the town’s architectural heritage.
Graniti takes pride in its cultural symbols, including its coat of arms and banner. These were granted official recognition by the President of the Republic in 1988. The coat of arms features elements representing the town’s history and identity, such as fleur-de-lis, towers, lions, and lilies.
The town is home to several noteworthy landmarks and places of interest. The Church of San Basilio Magno, the main church in Graniti, stands as a testament to the town’s religious heritage. Its construction dates back to the early 17th century, and it continues to be an important place of worship for the community. Another significant church, dedicated to San Sebastiano, honours the town’s patron saint and hosts religious celebrations throughout the year.
San Sebastiano festivities take place for 1 week, the end always being the first Sunday in August. During this week many Granitesi living all over the globe travel back to their home town to honour their patron saint (and of course to meet friends and family and visit their dead in the cemetery). During this time the streets of Graniti are filled with many foreign faces and different languages.
The anthropogenic geography of Graniti includes several charming hamlets, each offering a unique glimpse into the local lifestyle. Finaita, Muscianò, and Postoleone are the hamlets that contribute to the town’s vibrant community. Here, visitors can experience the warm hospitality of the locals and indulge in the renowned Sicilian cuisine. From traditional trattorias to agritourism businesses, Graniti’s hamlets offer an array of culinary delights, showcasing the region’s agricultural abundance. Locally produced wine, cheese, olives, chestnuts, almonds, peaches, cherries, tangerines, oranges, and lemons tantalize the taste buds, providing a true taste of Sicily.
There is the famous Cherry Fair in June. Graniti is one of the few places in Sicily where cherries are grown due to special climate conditions.
The economy of Graniti primarily revolves around agriculture, capitalising on the region’s fertile land. The town’s residents take immense pride in their agricultural heritage, working hard to produce high-quality products. The lush vineyards yield excellent wines, and the olive groves produce top-grade olive oil. Chestnuts, almonds, and an array of citrus fruits
For those with a passion for film, Graniti holds a special place in cinematic history. The creek at the beginning of the village was featured in the iconic movie “The Godfather – Part II,” specifically in the funeral scene. Additionally, scenes were shot in the Muscianò district, further connecting Graniti to the world of cinema.
Nestled within the Alcantara River Park, Graniti enjoys a stunning natural setting. The town sits at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Just 15 kilometers from the coast, Graniti offers a unique blend of mountainous terrain and proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. This combination makes it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and those seeking outdoor adventures.
Graniti enjoys a prime location in close proximity to two iconic destinations: Giardini Naxos and Taormina. Situated just a short distance away, these enchanting coastal towns offer a seamless extension to your visit to Graniti.
A mere stone’s throw from Graniti, Giardini Naxos beckons with its picturesque beachfront and crystalline waters. As you venture towards the coast, you’ll be greeted by the inviting shoreline that stretches along the Ionian Sea. Sink your toes into the soft sand, soak up the Mediterranean sun, and take refreshing dips in the azure waters. With an array of beach clubs, seaside restaurants, and vibrant promenades, Giardini Naxos offers a delightful coastal retreat.
Continuing along the coastline, you’ll soon arrive at the majestic town of Taormina, perched high on the hills overlooking the sea. Renowned for its timeless beauty and rich history, Taormina captivates visitors with its panoramic views, ancient ruins, and elegant architecture. Step into the past as you wander through its charming streets, lined with quaint shops, charming cafes, and historical landmarks. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the iconic Greek Theatre, offering breathtaking vistas of Mount Etna and the surrounding landscape.
Both Giardini Naxos and Taormina offer an array of culinary delights, from traditional Sicilian cuisine to international gastronomic experiences. Indulge in authentic local dishes bursting with flavour, such as freshly caught seafood, mouthwatering pasta dishes, and sweet cannoli filled with ricotta. Paired with local wines and accompanied by the warm Mediterranean breeze, these culinary experiences will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.
Whether you choose to spend a day exploring the sun-soaked beaches of Giardini Naxos or immerse yourself in the timeless allure of Taormina, Graniti serves as the ideal starting point for your adventures. Its proximity to these renowned destinations allows you to effortlessly combine the tranquillity of village life with the vibrant energy of coastal towns. Discover the captivating allure of Graniti, Giardini Naxos, and Taormina, where history, natural beauty, and warm Sicilian hospitality converge to create an unforgettable experience.
Immagini, espressioni dell’animo sui muri delle case del paese, che colorano lo spazio, le vie ed assumono tangibili sembianze…
Ricordi variopinti, dolci carezze che decorano la scena di ogni giorno, testimonianze vive del presente impresse negli occhi, nella mente…
Ritratti e narrazioni di storie antiche che nascono dal talento dell’artista, che raccontano l’incedere del tempo e che vengono, poi, affidati al vento…
Murales: giochi di ombre e di colori… flashback della memoria, scene di vita.
Autore Salvatore Puglia sa-pu.2023
The Art Project Graniti is a non-profit cultural association, founded by Salvatore Romano, his wife Karin and Hawaiian artist Richard Ralya. It emerged from the Murales project originated by Salvatore Romano and Austrian artist Christian I. Peintner. Art Project Graniti rejuvenates the town through transformative art and Graniti has become a vibrant hub for cultural exploration with captivating murals, enriching its historic centre. Led since 2017 by artist Richard Ralya, this visionary initiative has commissioned 40+ artworks from global talents, infusing the streets with creativity and celebrating its cultural heritage.