Today Bronte is an important agricultural village, known for the production of pistacchio and
the Pistacchio's festival, that takes place, every year, in the first part of October. A legend tells
that the village is built by the Ciclop of Bronte, son of Neptune. Sure, Bronte grew in 1520,
when the inhabitans of many near farmhouses moved there, for the order of the king Carlo V.
In the city center is situated the Shrine of the Annunciation, built in 1535, where the
renaissence portal of yellow sandstone stands out.
Into the church you can see the marble
group of the Annunciation, confered to the sculptor Antonello Gagini. A popular legend tells
that the Madonna saved the village from the flow. Also there are a lot of historical and cultural
monuments, in particular the Castel of Nelson and the Real college Capizzi, today the location
of the bourbon library, included the Archive of the national history. An artistic heritage
increased by the literary works of the famous man Spedalieri and many atlases, which houses
the prestigious Gallery of Sicily , showing an invaluable collection of the master Nunzio