counting some 5,200 inhabitants, is located in the province of Agrigento.
It has devolped amidst a mountainous area where the Castello Mount,
with its 950m, is the tallest.
in water and fertile soils, the site was extremely suitable for
human settlement since Antiquity. Numerous archaeological relics
scattered across the area apparently attest to prehistoric settlements.
The city saw the Arab domination, who named it Kal’atal-ballut,
standing for Oaks’ Rock. In 1302, it witnessed a fundamental
event for Sicily’s history. There, in fact, Anjou and Aragonese
signed the treaty of peace that put an end to the Sicilian Vespers
war started in 1282.
Caltabellotta was ruled by some aristocratic families such as the
Peraltas and the Alvarez de Toledo.
renowned is the Eremo di San Pellegrino, consisting of two sanctuaries
carved into the rock. According to tradition, the Bishop Saint freed
the town from an evil dragon to whom a child had to be sacrificed
daily. The hermitage, nestled atop a plateau, comprises a small
church dating from the 1600s.
tour of the town starts with the Mother Church built at the behest
of noble Norman Roger and refurbished sometime in the 13th century.
Several precious works, albeit highly damaged, are preserved on
its inside, such as a statue of the Madonna della Catena. The churches
of the Carmine, of S. Maria della Pietà, partly carved into
the rock, and of the Saviour are also worth-visiting. The tour includes
the Castelvecchio, a fortification of unknown origin and, in the
area of the Castello Mount, the remnants of a tower belonged to
a Norman castle, where visitors can enjoy a breath-taking view of
the territory and of the African Sea, in the distance.
Alessandria Della Rocca
Campobello Di Licata
Palma di Montechiaro
Sambuca Di Sicilia
San Biagio Platani
San Giovanni Gemini
S. Margherita di Belice
S. Stefano di Quisquina
Valle Dei Templi
Casa Natale Luigi Pirandello
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