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AGIRA
The artistic heritage includes the ancient abbey of St. Maria Latina, now of St. Philip, in the past, it was a Basilian monastery. It was entrusted to the Benedictines by Roger the Norman, it was built to the temple of Geryon where there are valuable works of Brother Umile from Petralia, of Gagini, of Sozzi, of Velázquez (Flemish school), a wooden choir by Nicolò Bagnasco and a valuable tabularium. Then, there is the church of St. Maria Maggiore, whose original structure dates back to Norman times and preserves a wooden crucifix of ʼ500; the church of St. Anthony (ʼ300). The church of St. Salvatore, of the Norman period, that has a remarkable sixteenth-century façade and whose style is of Renaissance and pre-Baroque, that preserves, inside, the Aron HaQodesh (holy cabinet), the most ancient vestments, in Europe, of hebraic origins according to studies conducted by Bucariasi. The church of St. Anthony of Padua, next to which stands a domed bell tower and the church of St. Margherita, built in 1215 under the Swabians, with a bell tower collapsed in the 1693 because of the earthquake; it was rebuilt, and completed, in 1721.
Not far from the town, you can admire an archaeological site of the prehistoric period. At the summit of the Mount Teja – at 884 meters of altitude – fortified with traces of ancient buildings of the sixth century BC, there are the suggestive ruins of the Swabian castle that was rebuilt by the Saracens and of which advance the remains of four towers and a keep.
AIDONE
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the remains of the ancient town of Morgantina: one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the Sicilian hinterland. The Castle of Pietratagliata (Arab-Norman period). The mother church, dedicated to San Lorenzo; it was rebuilt in the seventeenth century and has a Gothic portal with pointed arches. The church of St. Anthony (Norman period, Roman style), next to which stands a bell tower of the eighteenth-century. The church of St. Domenico, built in 1465, in sandstone. The church of St. Maria la Cava, and its bell tower, built in Norman times. The Church of St. Leo (ʼ400) and the church of St. Anne (1623).
ASSORO
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must remember the Basilica of St. Leo (1186) that has five naves and three apses. The church of Our Lady of the Angels and its convent, built in the seventeenth century (baroque style). The church of Our Lady of Carmine, built in ʼ400; next to the church, there is a bell tower with mullioned windows.
Not far from the urban area, there is an archaeological site with a necropolis of the IV-III century BC.
BARRAFRANCA
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must remember the mother church, built in the eighteenth century that is a mix of classic and late Sicilian Baroque style. The former monastery of St. Francesco, now the town hall and built in the sixteenth century. Close to the monastery, there is a church, built in 1694; here we can find a high altar with inlaid with wood (ʼ500). The church of St. Maria of Itra, made before 1599. The church and the Benedictine monastery (ʼ700) and the church of St. Maria delle Grazie (1650).
Facing the floor Batia, you can admire the “putieddi” (stores) of the eighteenth century, near the church of Our Lady of the Star, the oldest church of the area (1598).
CALASCIBETTA
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the necropolis of Realmese, (X and VI century BC); that one of the Valley of Coniglio (seventh and fifth centuries BC) and that one of Malpasso, with five tombs similar to a cave. The mother church, dedicated to St. Peter and to St. Mary of the Assumption (1340); it has three naves where there are preserved some remarkable works and one of this is a wooden choir (ʼ600). The church of St. Peter, a former chapel of the Norman castle, rebuilt in the ʼ700. The Church of St. Anthony (seventeenth century). The Carmelite church (eighteenth century), in which there are remarkable stucco and the church of the Capuchin monastery (1589).
CERAMI
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the mother church, dedicated to St. Ambrose (ʼ500) and renovated over the centuries; here there are some remarkable works of Gagini and Quattrocchi. The church of Our Lady of Carmelo that has a remarkable Gothic portal. The Abbey church (Baroque style); the church of St. Anthony (XVI century). The church of St. Sebastiano, in Baroque style, built in the first half of the ʼ600; the ruins of the medieval castle; a Greek necropolis in the district Raffo and the Byzantine ruins of Raghali.

ENNA
The artistic heritage includes the castle of Lombardy (middle Ages). The octagonal Tower of Frederick II (XIII century), that is 24 meters long. The Cathedral (in Gothic style), built in 1307 by the Queen Eleanor; here there are valuable works of Gagini. The Church of St. Francesco of Assisi (ʼ300). The Church of St. Joseph with its Baroque façade; close to the church there is a Renaissance bell tower. The Church of St. Thomas (Renaissance). The Church of the Holy Souls (XV century). The church of St. Cataldo (ʼ600). The church of St. Chiara (1700) and the Palace Pollicarini (ʼ400).
GAGLIANO CASTELFERRATO
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the mother church, dedicated to St. Cataldo; it was built in 1300 with a late gothic structure and it contains a tabernacle of the school of Gagini, the wooden ceiling – decorated with sculptures and paintings of 1666 – and a wooden choir of the eighteenth century. The church of St. Maria of Jesus, (ʼ600); the church of St. Augustine (1632) and the church of St. Joseph (1667).
LEONFORTE
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the mother church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist (XVIII century), in which there are some paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. The Capuchin Church (1630), in which you can admire a wooden altar of ʼ700, the bronze grave stone of Prince Nicolò Placido Branciforte, and the sarcophagus of the Princess Caterina Branciforte, both of the seventeenth century, and two statues created by Gagini. The churches of St. Joseph and Our Lady of Mercy that have identical facades of the ʼ700. The Palace of the Branciforte (1620). The monumental fountain “Granfonte” (1651), which has a long basin with 24 spouts and a prospect with 22 arches.
NISSORIA
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the Cathedral, built in the modern era, which has a high façade ending with a bell loggia with three arches and the church dedicated to St. Joseph, in which there are beautiful paintings by Guglielmo Borremans.
PIAZZA ARMERINA
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the Aragonese castle (XIV century); the church of St. John from Rodi (ʼ200); the church of St. Peter (ʼ500); the Cathedral (XVII century) and, close to it, there is a bell tower (1420), and the churches of St. Vincent and St. Rocco (ʼ600).
The archeological site of the Villa del Casale is a luxurious country house of the late roman imperial period (fourth century AD); it has wonderful mosaics and UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site.
PIETRAPERZIA
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the mother church, dedicated to St. Maria, (ʼ300), almost completely rebuilt twice (in 1500, in a bigger form and then, in 1790, because an earthquake had badly damaged it). Here there are valuable frescoes, paintings, marble portals and the mausoleum of Dorotea Barresi. The Arab castle, modified by the Normans. The church of the Rosary, which has a Greek cross plan and a Baroque façade. The Palace of the Governor and the Palace of the princess Deliella.
REGALBUTO
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the mother church, dedicated to St. Basil (XVIII century), in Baroque style, in which there are valuable works of art. The church of St. Maria della Croce (ʼ700). The church of the convent of St. Domenico (XVI century). The church of St. Giovanni (seventeenth century). The eighteenth-century Town Hall and the ruins of the medieval castle (ʼ200).
SANTA CATERINA VILLARMOSA
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention: the Mother Church (XVIII century) and, precisely, between 1717 and 1870, with an imposing stone structure in the Baroque style and the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary del Rosario (1500), with a typical Romanesque structure.
TROINA
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the Mother Church, built by the Count Roger in the eleventh century. Over the years, it was subject of various interventions. Close to it, there is a remarkable bell tower with blocks sandstone (sixteenth century). The ruins of the medieval castle. The church of the Madonna of Carmine that has a bell tower of the ʼ500. The convent of St. Augustine (ʼ400) which has a porch with forty arches and the monumental cemetery in neo-Gothic style.
VILLAROSA
The artistic heritage includes evidences relating to the culture of the past centuries. We must mention the mother church, dedicated to St. James the Elder (XVIII century); close to the mother church there is a bell tower of the ancient times. The Church of the Immaculate Conception built on a pre-existing church of ʼ500. The former Capuchin monastery (nineteenth century). The small country church dedicated to Our Lady of the Chain, located not far from the town.

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