There is another Sicily, far from the sea and from mass tourism, but rich in wonders that are well worth searching for. In the heart of the island, in the Erean mountains, we come across Enna, a Sicilian pearl thanks to its breathtaking views, and Caltanissetta, known in the past as the capital of sulphur.
At 931m asl Enna is Italy’s highest provincial capital. The Romans called it Urbs inexpugnabilis, and indeed it was an almost impregnable fortress for Sicani, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Aragons. Caltanissetta, lying in between several nature reserves, offers visitors the opportunity to discover nature, at the UNESCO heritage site Rocca Di Cerere Global Geopark.
Piazza Armerina offers a really amazing mixture of styles. The city is best known for its Roman mosaics and vestiges, but it is also a medieval town with a very Baroque influence. After this, why not do a bit of shopping, going to see the craft pottery of Caltagirone and the colourful hand-woven carpets of Sperlinga or, for fashion addicts, the Sicilia Outlet Village.
Purchase some Caltagirone pottery, an ancient tradition since the times of the Magna Grecia
Discover the ancient mosaics of a 4th century Roman villa in Piazza Armerina (UNESCO heritage site)
Admire the spectacular views from Pietrarossa Castle in Caltanissetta
Have a stroll in the charming town centre of Enna, from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele to Lombardy Castle, walking along Via Roma
Visit Mussomeli and Manfredonico Castle
Spend an afternoon shopping at the Sicilia Outlet Village
See the mineral collections in the Zolfara Mineralogical Museum in Caltanissetta
Take a trip to the nature reserves, Lake Pergusa or Mount Altesina
Visit the town of Sutera, which is known as the balcony of Sicily, with its lanes made out of lava rock and limestone
Take a nature and archaeological trip to Sperlinga