Piazza Armerina

The magic of past centuries will envelope you when you walk the streets of the historic centre; walking up through the medieval lanes, you will admire in amazement the charme of the cathedral dominating the city, the elegance of Palazzo Trigona, and the severity of Castello Aragonese. You will be fascinated to find yourself lost in the narrow and evocative up-and-down of the streets and alleyways in search of elegant palaces and churches hiding behind every corner: only then you can say you have visited Piazza Armerina.

The history of the city is known since the Norman settlement of Sicily, apparent in the many works of art, the traditions, the chronicles of the time and even the characteristic Gallo-Italian dialect spoken by its inhabitants. This is how we know, for example, of wars between Christians and Saracens, of riots suppressed by force, of the destruction of the old city and its reconstruction towards the end of the XIIth century.

In the centuries to follow Piazza Armerina has shared the historical fate of the whole island: the Swabian domination, followed by the Angevins and Aragonese, the Spanish vice-reign, the Bourbon rule, the Risorgimento movement, and finally the most recent history still witnessed by the oldest inhabitants. But it is the city itself that guards her past to reveal it to her most attentive visitors, who in their travels back in time remain enchanted in the light of the splendour of the churches and monuments as well as of the polychromy of the mosaics of the Roman Villa of Casale.