Piazza Armerina: what to see, monuments, grabs Norman
What to see in Piazza Armerina, attractions and main monuments, itinerary of places to visit, from the mosaics of Roman Casale, the Palio of the Normans.
Guide Piazza Armerina
Piazza Armerina is a town in central Sicily, located about 30 km from Enna, in the hinterland of the Gulf of Gela Erei southern mountains, at an altitude of about 700 meters above sea level. The city takes its name from Colle Armerino, one of the three hills on which extends, surrounded by thick forests dominated by pine trees and eucalyptus.
The ancient town of Piazza Armerina was destroyed in 1161 by the Norman King William I, who ordered a crackdown because of a baronial revolt against his court. In 1163, made by the same rebuild William I, the city developed on the slopes of the western hill Mira, now called Monte, with the appearance of a real fortress, a typical example of Norman settlement.
What to visit in Piazza Armerina
In the medieval old town of Piazza Armerina, on top of the hill, is the imposing seventeenth-century Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of Victories. At the center of the square, where there is the Cathedral, are Palace Trigogna and the statue of Baron Marco Trigogna that financed the works for the construction of the Cathedral.
From Piazza Duomo begins Via Monte, from which branch herringbone the narrow streets that form the most impressive area of the city, between baroque churches, convents and crumbling palaces. Piazza Garibaldi, the heart of the ancient city, stand out the elegant City Palace, seat of the city council piazzese, and the Church of San Rocco, built in 1613, and assigned in 1622 to the Benedictine Abbey of Fundrò.
To the southwest of the medieval core of the city, on the southern slope of the Hill Mira is the Aragonese Castle, built by King Martin I ° between 1392 and 1396.
Palio of the Normans
A Piazza Armerina 12 to 14 August of each year we celebrate the Norman Palio, a historical re-enactment of the memorable feats of Count Roger I, who freed the people from the Saracen.
At about 5 km from the center, in a wooded valley, is the Villa Romana del Casale, with its splendid mosaics on the floor is the site of Roman art the most prestigious of Sicily, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.