- On a spacious and salubrious terrace at the
bottom of the rock of the Norman Castle the first houses were
built which gradually became a village under the austere and
smoking Etna called Magghia.
- The houses have perimetric walls built on
enormous rocks jutting from the ground built on the edge of a rock
- The small houses of rock and earth were
constructed without following any technical requisites have
resisted unyielding through the centuries.
- The area can be approached by the narrow
and winding paths, with small court yards.
- In the old quarter there are the remains of
San Sebastian Church. It had one nave and built on a
- At the end of the nave there is a beautiful
fresco of the Omnipotence. The Omnipotence is represented
by an elderly man with a long white beard, in a red cloak with a
triangle over its head.
- To reach the Quartarello one must
climb steps passing through court yards. Houses can be seen as if
in heaps and in a zig-zag fashion, intricate like a maze.
- The constructions of this neighbourhood are
formed as if leaning against the rock in the medieval style.
- Nowadays the houses are uninhabited. What
remains of that era are the arched doors, some round widows and
- Very few houses have been restored.