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PIAZZA ARMERINA

Situated in Southern Sicily, between Enna and Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, is a doorway to the minds of fans of archaeology, with its beautiful frescoes in Villa del Casale, only a few kilometres from here, nominated as a patrimony of humanity by UNESCO in 1996.
The Villa was positioned along the stretch between Catania and Agrigento and enjoyed its maximum splendour around the 4th and V Centuries AD, just before the demise of the Goths and the Vandali, which probably damaged it, though leaving enough standing that it remained active also during the successive Byzantine, Arabic and Norman periods.
Buried by a flood, it had to await the first digs (‘800s) to partially return visible, but deeper and more detailed studies of premises and frescoes must be attributed to Gino Vinicio Gentili (1950).
Piazza Armerina belongs to the group known as “Common Lombards” of Sicily, where a Gallo-Siculo dialect is spoken, much different from the Sicilian dialect and with a closer similarity to the dialect which is spoken by the Piedmontese of Monferrato.
History dates back to the period when the Normans were in power under Guglielmo I (William I), known as the Malo. Due to a strong aversion to its internal politics, which caused the bloody revolt (Bonello) Northern Italian dignitaries, namely the Lombards and Piedmontese, were called to govern the rebellious cities.
The habitat developed during the Norman era and was protected firstly by erecting town-walls, and subsequently due to enlargement of its territory, a second one constructed in 1397.
Piazza Armerian offers remarkable cues for cultural visits beginning with its Duomo (1604), of imposing size and seat of the Diocesan Museum and the Aragonese Castle (14th Century) with square turrets, constructed on the wishes of King Martino 5th.
A must visit, just outside the centre, is the Church of Saint Andrea, a valuable example of Norman religious art (1096), which also preserves frescoes representing the Life of Christ (12th Century).
Every year in the City, from the 12th to 14th August, there’s a Norman “Palio”, a three day festival of horse races and horse games in Medieval costume.

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