Sant’Angelo Muxaro is an ancient,
lovely city in the province of Agrigento, located at an altitude
of 335m a.s.l. atop a hill on the left bank of the Platani River.
It counts some 2,100 inhabitants.
It has an ancient and eventful history.
It was inhabited since the Bronze Age; remnants of a necropolis
were uncovered in the eastern and western flanks of the hill. Remains
of funerary outfits dating from between the 8th and the 5th century
BC were also unearthed. Outstanding is the Tomb of Sant’Angelo
also known as the Tomb of the Prince, consisting of a circular room
with a dome and, next to it, a sepulchral room.
According to historian Diodorus
Siculus – a theory not shared by archaeologists – here
rose the ancient and mythic kingdom of the Sican King Cocalus.
The Mother Church dedicated to the
Holy Virgin and the Chiesa del Carmine are the city’s main
Grotto of the Prince – The grotto is just outside town. Leave
your car on the edge of the road in a way as not to hinder the traffic
flow. The route to the grotto is shortest albeit not very comfortable.
The site hosts a tomb of proto-historic age (9th century BC) comprised
of two circular rooms, the first of which, larger, serves as antechamber.