The town of Piazza Armerina (Enna), is famous for its historical and archaeological heritage with its mediaeval layout where the green woods form the backgrop.
The remarkable artistic talent is also found in religious buildings, in particular the priory,Gran Priorato di Sant’Andrea, the oldest church in Piazza Armerina and one of the most interesting works for the Sicilian Middle Ages. However, the city's artistic beauty is best expressed in the beautiful paintings and frescoes by Borremans, which were recently restored to their ancestral splendour and are kept in the church, chiesa di San Giovanni.
Walking through the town and through the narrow streets that mark the ancient village, you can still discover invaluable Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Reaching the Piazza Duomo, you arrive in the highest and oldest city centre, where you can admire the Cathedral that stands with its imposing dome and the Palazzo Trigona, a majestic building built by the same family.
A few steps from there, the Municipal Art Gallery and other museums that definitely delight those who choose to take a walk through the historic centre while enjoying the local food and pastries at the same time.
Every year, from 12 to 14 August, the Palio dei Normanni is held, a historical re-enactment of the Norman militias entering the entrance the ancient city of Plutia to free the Christian population from the yoke of the Saracens. The event takes place over the course of three days and involves about 600 people including ladies, notables, knights and Norman troops led by Count Roger the Norman, all of them parading through the city streets in Mediaeval costume. The highlight of the event is the Quintana, the exciting equestrian joust between the city’s 4 districts that compete for the Palio.
Going through the numerous rooms and the long corridors of the Villa Romana del Casale Roman villa is like being catapulted back into ancient Rome. The villa, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a majestic work of art in terms of size and value that delights tourists with its elegant mosaics spread over 3500 m2, whose paintings let you imagine how life was at the end of the third century CE. We recommend you visit the site with an authorised guide.
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