Independent apartment in the heart of the historical center of Caltanissetta a few meters from the historic food market 'strata foglia.' From Caltanissetta are easily reached: Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Palermo, Catania and Cefalu.
History, folklore and gastronomy blend together perfectly in Caltanissetta, a splendid province in the heart of Sicily.
The city's roots are sowed deep in history, showcasing archaeological finds and splendid castles scattered all over its territory. Its history has undergone numerous transitions between the Greek, Roman, Norman, Swabian, Anjou, Aragonese and Castilian rules – all having left their imprint.
The peak of the Province's grandeur is linked to exploitation of the local sulphur mines, part of Caltanissetta’s historical-natural legacy.
The landscape still speaks of the ancient mines, with their wells and tunnels engraved into the mountain's profile. Dry, yellow-colored hills trace the profile of this area, but in spring the panorama changes, taking on an intense green hue.
Gentle hills slope down towards the coastline reaching the Provincial outlet to the sea.
The vibrant colors of olive groves, vineyards and citrus orchards paint the entire province in an unequivocal contrast to the sea.
In fact, Caltanisetta's northern zone is mountainous, with hills and broad valleys, and offers an excellent environment for the cultivation of nut trees, vineyards and olives.
An open-air museum, Caltanisetta's cultural offerings can be divided into Medieval and archaeological itineraries.
The former consists of visits to the principal castles and lookout towers found all over the territory. This is also a good occasion to visit the many religious buildings that reveal interesting surprises.
One of the most amazing castles is that of Mussomeli, dating back to the 14th Century, but later modified with crenellated walls and a square tower. The legend here is that three sisters were buried alive in one of the halls, now known as the “Hall of the Three Sisters.”
Perched on a rocky crag is the well-preserved castle of Delia, where visitors can enjoy a splendid view over the surrounding territory.
Butera, located in the plain next to the coast, can be easily recognized for its castle that hovers over the village.
At the Mediterranean port of Gela is the Castello di Terranova, composed of a square floor plan with four square towers; and the Castelluccio, equally worth the visit.
Then, in Manfria, a short distance from the port, a defense tower rises on a hill, looking out over the Gulf of Gela.
Gela was one of the biggest Greek colonies in Sicily, and past excavations of the Acropolis brought to light two Doric temples, one of which is dedicated to Athena. Interesting finds also emerged in Bosco Littorio, the ancient colony's marketplace.
Observe the fortified walls at Capo Soprano; they are one of the most beautiful examples of ancient Greek military defensive structures.
On a hill not far away from Caltanissetta, we can visit the Archaeological park of Gibil Gabib, with its defensive tower and parts of the perimeter walls - along with other finds - tracing back to the 6th Century B.C.
Vassallaggi, once the site of a necropolis, also stimulates great interest due to its cave tombs, where many funeral objects have been found, including ceramic vases, rings, buckles, bronze plates and knives.
Not to miss in Caltanissetta are the Castle of Pietrarossa; the beautiful Cathedral with its two tall bell towers; the Abbey of Santo Spirito, once a fortified country house transformed into a church by the Normans; and the Church of St. Agatha, its interior richly embellished with polychromatic marble and a Greek-cross floor plan.
Finally, three museums take the cake in Caltanissetta: the Diocesan Museum, the Minerology Museum, and the new Regional Archaeological Museum.
The apartment is located right in front of the city bus stop and walk you can reach in a few minutes Tripisciano Museum, Palazzo Moncada and the historic market 'strata foglia.'