Enna: Morgantina territory

Enna

Six kilometers from Aidone, in the district of Serra Orlando, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Europe, Morgantina.

Discovered in 1955 by a team from the American University of Princeton, during excavation campaigns, still on going today, which uncovered a series of treasures belonging to civilizations which succeeded one another in Sicily.

The first settlement belongs to an Italic tribe, the Morgeti, which settled here in prehistoric times, giving the town its name.

The town became Greek in the 6th century BC and reached its maximum splendor between the 4th and the 3rd centuries BC, as can be seen from the monuments uncovered. Try to walk along the “stoa” thinking of the life which bustled under this very same sky.

Enna

Imagine yourselves on the steps of a thousand places during major performances, which nowadays, in summer, are regularly repeated.

But Morgantina is not just a theatre.

Go in search of the ancient lava grindstones, the aristocratic homes, above the space reserved for the market place and its shops, stop in front on of a house and its floor writings wishing long life, done in mosaic, visit the house of Ganimede with its courtyard surrounded by stone columns, try to imagine the funeral rites at the necropolis and the furnace and the crowd which fervently recited prayers in the hundred feet long temple.

At this point you could possibly go back to the museum of Aidone to see the features of the veiled woman, the impenetrable face of Persephone, Venus bathing and the magnificent woman lying down, since now you know where they came from.

Where to stay in Enna

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