Welcome to Caltabellotta
It's quite a drive up to Caltabellotta: the road rises almost vertically as it winds 19km up to the hilltop village at 949m above sea level. But make it to the top and you're rewarded with some amazing panoramic views of 21 (apparently) surrounding villages. The highest vantage point is the ruined Norman castle at the top of the village, where a peace treaty was signed in 1302 ending the Sicilian Vespers. Viewed from here, the town's terracotta roofs and grey houses appear to cling to the cliffside like a perfect mosaic. The town was originally named Kal'at Bellut by the Arabs, meaning 'oak rock'.
On the edge of the village lies the derelict monastery of San Pellegrino, from where you can see caves that were used as tombs as far back as prehistoric times.