Manna experience

Unique tradition
Unique tradition
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Discover a tradition unique in the world

  • Duration:About 1½ hours
  • Included in the experience:Manna tasting, biscuits with manna and manna beauty mask
  • When:We organize Manna experiences all year round to give everybody the chance to discover this unique and endangered tradition. Harvest period is usually in July and August
  • Price:From €25 per adult

Meet one of the last manna producers

Have you ever heard about manna? If you have read the Bible, you might remember that manna is what fed the Hebrew people during the Exodus. But in Sicily, manna doesn’t come from the sky: it comes from ash trees. Embark on this Manna Experience and learn about this unique – and endangered – local tradition.

Have a piece of this curious crumbly creamy-yellow thing. Its taste is unlike any other. Manna is the dried sap of some species of ash trees that grow in the Mediterranean. Manna production dates back many centuries and it is still harvested every summer in the groves near Castelbuono. This tradition has now disappeared in the rest of South Italy. It survives here thanks to the efforts of a few passionate people.

You will meet Mario, one of the last manna producers, in an ash tree grove. He will tell you about his strong connection to local nature, show you the steps of the extraction process and explain what the manna is used for. Manna has many medicinal properties and it is used in cosmetics and pastry.

The Manna Experience includes manna tasting, biscuits with manna and, for those who would like to try, a manna beauty mask.

Where and when to meet?

Meet Mario on his land located a few kilometres from Castelbuono. You will be provided with a map indicating the meeting point when you book. If you don’t have a car, please contact us.
Meeting time: 4.30 pm or to be scheduled with the producer.


  • Discovery of local traditions
  • Encounter with one of the last manna producers
  • Sensory immersionManna tasting, biscuits with manna, manna beauty mask
  • Perfect for families with children


Small groups – maximum 10 participants:

Adults: 25€ per person
Minimum 2 adults
If you are more than 3 adults, please contact us at (0039) 320 6661849 to get a discount
Children (6-16 years old): 10€
Children (0-5 years): free

Groups and Private tours:

Please contact us at (0039) 320 6661849

Madonie Explorers' Guarantee

  • Expert English-speaking guideMario has been a manna producer and a nature guide for 20 years. He is a member of AIGAE (Associazione Italiana Guide Ambientali Escursionistiche). He speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.
  • Free cancellationUp to 48 hours before the tour
  • Rescheduling or cancellation with refund in case of bad weatherIf Madonie Explorers cancels the excursion because of bad weather conditions, you can choose to reschedule the excursion or to be refunded

Optional Extras

  • Extra Rustic LunchOur gastronomic proposals are exclusively prepared with the best local products and follow the principles of the Mediterranean diet.
  • TransportParticipants must have a car. If you don't have one, please contact us and we will find the best solution.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Clothes suitable to the weather conditions (e.g. summer hat, sunglasses, etc.)