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“The surrounding areas” as they’re called…Aidone,Museo di Aidone 4 - Fine Art Produzioni Caltagirone, Centuripe, Enna, Leonforte, Piazza Armerina include six municipalities, two provinces (Enna and Catania) and one capital city. Cities and villages. Mountains and lakes. Archaeological areas, castles and mines. Forests and rivers. Customs, processions, saints. Idioms, dialects, cooking methods, lifestyles. Landscapes: land and water, farming, men and women. The “Dea di Morgantina” Tourism District is not just an administrative institution; it is primarily a territory, or a system of territories that excellently exhibit areas of Sicily, at least those that fall within the so-called Erei Mountains. The mountains aren’t extremely high, but they are lively in form, rich in water and agricultural landscapes. With such an ancient history it would seem as if we have left some archaeological jewels there on purpose, to show how far back and how dense the lives of these lands has been day after day, millennium after millennium. The complex network of Castles, Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, is quite loved by the public for its welcoming mosaics. Morgantina is like a time machine to that transports us back to the daily life of Greek and Roman cities. The ceramics and nativity scenes in Caltagirone hold traces of the Arab and Lombard legacies and then there are Pergusa Lake, peaches from Leonforte, desserts from Aidone, ceramics from Centuripe and the fortresses in Enna. All of these things make up a complex, slow, multimillennial mosaic that shows travellers an unpublished side of Sicily, welcoming and eager to share its stories and excellence.
UNESCO could not grasp all of these strengths, recognizing (at different times), Caltagirone and the Roman Villa del Casale as essential parts of World Heritage. Beyond the institutional value that such a thing entails, it is as if UNESCO, accustomed to such choices, was inviting the all of humanity to visit this territory for various reasons. As if inviting the whole world to discover, here in the heart of Sicily, pieces of its history, in language, ancient building methods and in the richness of making the table a place for exchange.
Now it’s time to slowly get into the territory. Take your time when planning your visit, regardless of the season. Stroll down the curvy streets and catch a glimpse of the villages and cities behind the hills. Let yourself be dazzled by the reflections of the sun off the mirrors of water or hundreds of kilometers of landscapes there beneath our feet. These places are waiting, ready to welcome you.

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! “The surrounding areas” as they’re called…Aidone, Caltagirone, Centuripe, Enna, Leonforte, Piazza Armerina include six municipalities, two provinces (Enna and Catania) and one capital city. Cities and villages. Mountains and lakes. Archaeological areas, castles and mines. Forests and rivers. Customs, processions, saints. Idioms, dialects, cooking methods, lifestyles. Landscapes: land and water, farming, men and women. The “Dea di Morgantina” Tourism District is not just an administrative institution; it is primarily a territory, or a system of territories that excellently exhibit areas of Sicily, at least those that fall within the so-called Erei Mountains. The mountains aren’t extremely high, but they are lively in form, rich in water and agricultural landscapes. With such an ancient history it would seem as if we have left some archaeological jewels there on purpose, to show how far back and how dense the lives of these lands has been day after day, millennium after millennium. The complex network of Castles, Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, is quite loved by the public for its welcoming mosaics. Morgantina is like a time machine to that transports us back to the daily life of Greek and Roman cities. The ceramics and nativity scenes in Caltagirone hold traces of the Arab and Lombard legacies and then there are Pergusa Lake, peaches from Leonforte, desserts from Aidone, ceramics from Centuripe and the fortresses in Enna. All of these things make up a complex, slow, multimillennial mosaic that shows travellers an unpublished side of Sicily, welcoming and eager to share its stories and excellence. UNESCO could not grasp all of these strengths, recognizing (at different times), Caltagirone and the Roman Villa del Casale as essential parts of World Heritage. Beyond the institutional value that such a thing entails, it is as if UNESCO, accustomed to such choices, was inviting the all of humanity to visit this territory for various reasons. As if inviting the whole world to discover, here in the heart of Sicily, pieces of its history, in language, ancient building methods and in the richness of making the table a place for exchange. Now it’s time to slowly get into the territory. Take your time when planning your visit, regardless of the season. Stroll down the curvy streets and catch a glimpse of the villages and cities behind the hills. Let yourself be dazzled by the reflections of the sun off the mirrors of water or hundreds of kilometers of landscapes there beneath our feet. These places are waiting, ready to welcome you.    


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