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Vizzini, Province of Agrigento, Sicilia

At 60 km from Catania in the Hyblaean Mountains, on the most northwestern slopes of Monte Lauro, Vizzini rises on the spot of ancient Bidis, a Roman city mentioned by Pliny and Cicero.

Info

  • Altitude: 517 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 8,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 95049
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0933
  • Patron Saint: St. Gregorio Magno, celebrated on 12 March

History

In the Middle Ages the population lived around a now non-extant castle, as a fiefdom of various lords, including the Chiaromontes and the Schittinos, and was long under the influence of the Arab domination, as can be seen in many areas of the medieval center, especially in via San Gregorio Magno. The writer Giovanni Verga used Vizzini as the setting for his "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Mastro Don Gesualdo".

What to see

  • Palazzo di Citta (early 19th century).
  • The Palace of the Verga family.
  • The church of Sant'Agata, rebuilt in the 18th century on the site of a previous 15th century building.
  • The Cathedral with a portal on the left side of the church, in splendid Gothic-Catalan style, probably from the old Town Hall destroyed by the 1693 earthquake; inside a wooden ceiling by Natale Bonaiuto, as well as two 16th-century paintings (The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence and the Madonna della Mercede) by Florentine painter Filippo Paladini.
  • The church of San Giovanni Battista, decorated inside by Bonaiuto.
  • The church of Minori Osservanti, with a fine statue of the Madonna and Child (1527).