The small Altofonte, belonging to the Palermo province, occupies a privileged position dominating the Oreto river’s valley, between Palermo and Monreale.

The hamlet was the residence and hunting lodge of Norman King Roger. He had a palace built, that was later turned into a Cistercian Monastery dedicated to Santa Maria d’Altofonte.

The 1600’s Chiesa Madre dedicated to St. Mary and St. Anne, behind which is the Chapel of the Royal Palace, is also worth-seeing.