In the opinion of many inhabitants of Aidone, the characteristic features of the town are not only represented by its tangible and intangible cultural heritage. But also the landscape that surrounds (and dominates) is the result of the integration of this landscape with the Aidonese way of doing things, marked by strong hospitality, openness and cordiality. The landscape therefore, does not only consist of stones: the human and natural landscapes come together and present themselves to visitors as blend. It seems a bit exaggerated, but once your reach Aidone and experience the climate, it will prove to be true, this city is ready to surprise, share and welcome. It is immersed in the Erei mountain and all around is a succession of forests, plowed fields, valleys and hills; which beyond the valleys and the plain below, looks toward and respectfully faces respectfully Etna. It is also very close to Morgantina, a rare opportunity at your fingertips, to understand in a single glance what life was like in a city in Roman times. It could be the Gallic-Italic dialect, the food you eat or the air you breathe. It could be the historic welcoming predisposition, even in wartime. It could be all of these things, but all of this together makes Aidone a must-see destination, to grasp even here a sense of the Sicilian hinterland.
When the old Ayn-dun (source of water) rose near at nearby Morgantina (Herbita) the town had not been universally established. The historian Thomas Fazello takes the foundation of the town back to the Norman period and the expulsion of the Arabs (6th-7th century BC), with the fortress (“U Castdazz” castle) and basilica. Was it Lombard settlers who came to Sicily following Count Ruggero d’Altavilla, who founded it? What is certain, is that today the local dialect is undoubtedly Gallic-Italic and alongside Aidone are the so-called “Lombard communities”: Sperlinga, Piazza Armerina, Nicosia, S. Fratello, Novara Sicula, Patti and Montalbano. Today reaching Aidone means visiting the village with toponymic places, arabesque urban heritage (districts Menzagno, Giresi, Mirenna), the rich Archaeological Museum which houses among others, the Goddess of Morgantina, churches and streets; but above all, it means enjoying this woven landscape of people, history and vistas, that perhaps it is the most addictive.
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