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Enna Sicily’s “Belvedere”

Enna is known as Sicily's Belvedere, located on high hill in the heart of the island, has retained its historic appearance.

Enna is known as Sicily’s “Belvedere” (lookout point):

it is located on high hill in the heart of the island,

among fertile hills.

Enna, has retained its historic appearance.

Its architecture and layout still have a somber medieval feel,

only marginally touched by Baroque and 18th-century ornamentation.

Traditional local values

have probably been safeguarded by the survival

of an economy

which is essentially based on agricolture.

As long ago as Roman times,

the area around Enna was devoted to the production

of grain and cereals.

This continued when the Arabs occupied and fortified the town,

which still today preserves its late 14th-century layout.

The clean streets, the well-maintained buildings,

the absence of neon and advertising billboards,

even the care with which the excellent cakes and pastries are

displayed in the windows of the elegant cake shops:

these are all signs suggesting how different Enna is not

only from the chaotic coastal cities,

but also from the towns in more depressed areas.

The Castle of Lombardy

The Castle of Lombardy is one of Sicily’s most impressive.

The Normans enlarged the previous Arab fortification

built by Frederick II.

Also modified by Frederick III of Aragon who chose to live here.

With irregular in shape,

and preserves only six of the twenty original towers.

The interior has a complex set of courtyard;

the first has been converted into an open-air theater,

and the third has the remains of the little church of San Martino.

One of the most sweeping views of Sicily can be seen

from the best preserved tower,

the Torre Pisana (Pisan Tower).

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.

This square, at the town center,

is overlooked by San Francesco D’assisi,

a rather austere and forbidding church of 14th-century origin;

its built on a rock,

beside a solid 15th-century bell tower.

Inside, a painted wood cross of the 15th-century,

and Flemish panel (Epiphany).

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