It rises on the slope of the mountain from which you can see the ancient small town Tindari, walking through the streets you will find yourself immersed in a maze of medieval alleys and lanes. In the Duomo, under the apse, there is a crypt which houses the mummies of archpriests and canons.

In a suggestive valley that work as the border between the Nebrodi and Peloritani mountains with a breathtaking view, in the foreground the Trìpi hill and the promontory of the Tindari sanctuary and then, after a stretch of sea, the Aeolian Islands.

The population is approximately 1800 inhabitants. Novara di Sicilia saw its origins in prehistoric times, there are still evidence of ancient refuges of prehistoric man, ie rock shelters, which were used to protect themselves from the elements.

The word “Noa” is of Sican origin and its meaning is fallow.
It symbolize the copious quantity of wheat that could be produced in Novara di Sicilia. Subsequently, with the advent of the Roman period, Noa was a salary city, after having been censored. Noa changed its name to Nouah only in the Arab-Norman period. Anyway, from the evolution of the city, it can be deduced that there was a double area. The civil, Byzantine one, formed mainly by farmers and the Arab Nouah one, developed at the castle.

The latter, at a later time, was subject to the influences of the Lombard domination while the Greek area of S. Giacomo and S. Nicola with S. Basìlio was a Cistercian settlement.

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