The province of Enna lies in the center of the island of Sicily. It is the only province without a coastline. The town of Enna is situated west of the Etna, a few hours drive from Catania. The area is characterized by fertile valleys and towns and villages on hilltops. South of Enna there are a few places of interest that are worthwhile visiting. The itinerary described here touches on the most important sites, starting at Piazza Armerina and ending in Enna itself.
At a short distance from Piazza Armerina lies the archaeological site of the roman Villa del Casale. During excavations of this roman villa a large number of magnificent mosaics have been uncovered. It is the site with the largest number of mosaics still in place, in situ, and has been placed on the list of world heritage by the UNESCO. Highlights among the mosaics are definitely the mosaic of the hunt and the mosaic of the women in bikini. A visit may take a few hours to see all.
From Piazza Armerina the next leg of the itinerary goes to Morgantina. This is the archaeological site of a indigenous sicilian town that came under hellenistic influence in the third century BC. There are no monumental temples but there is one of the earliest public baths and there is a Greek style agorà, public square, with a theatre and other public buildings. On the site several houses have been excavated with particular mosaics of hellenistic times. The site of Morgantina is connected to the archaeologcal museum of Aidone. In this museum are on display the finds of the town, the statue of the Venus of Morgantina, the Acroliths, but also many objects of daily life, and a true silver treasure. The museum is housed in an old monastery on the fringe of Aidone and easy to reach by car.
The last leg of the itineray is to Enna, the capital of the province. The town is built on top of the mountain and there are several points of interest like the Lombard castle, the rock of Ceres and the tower of Frederic II from the Middle ages. There is also a nice archaeological museum in the Palazzo Varisano and ofcourse the dome. Parking is possible near the Lombard castle.
Circumstances in reality can be different due to specific situations or changes on the roads. See also the disclaimer
Enna is at the heart of Sicily, the only province without beaches but with a particular natural and cultural environment.
Morgantina is one of the ancient cities in central Sicily, part of the territory of the Sicels. The town has many Greek features introduced by the Greek colonization of Sicily, but the population was a mix of Greeks and Sicels (siculi).
The archaeological museum of Aidone is housed in the former Convento dei Padri Cappuccini and has a vast collection of finds from the archaeological excavations of Morgantina.
The archaeological museum of Enna has a collection of archaeological finds from the territory of Enna excluding Piazza Armerina and Aidone (Morgantina).
Piazza Armerina (EN)
Built in 303-337 AD the Roman villa contains a great number of rich mosaics. Unfortunately in may 2012 part of the villa was still under restoration and could not be visited. In july of 2012 the entire villa was reopened to the public.