Assoro – perched 850m a.s.l.
was founded by the ancient Sikels who named it after their own Prince.
The city successively saw the Greek, Roman and Arab occupations.
The Normans took over in 1061. Two centuries later, it was governed
to Scaloro degli Uberti and elevated to the status of County.
It is endowed with cultural and
naturalistic riches. The visitor can begin with the Castello built
in the 10th century although now reduced to few ruins. The mother
church Basilica di San Leone, dating from the 1200s and many times
refurbished, is Assoro’s main religious building. Its five
naves houses numerous works of art, such as wooden statues of the
16th century and the marble sepulchres of the Valguarneras by Antonello
Also noteworty are the 1600’s
Chiesa di SS. Maria degli Angeli, next to the convent of the Reformed
Fathers, the 1400’s former Abbey of Santa Chiara – today’s
Town Hall housing a Library, an Art-Gallery and the Archive –
and the Chiesa del Carmine dedicated to Santa Petronilla who is,
together with Nicolò da Tolentino, the city patron saint.
Inside, a sarcophagus guards the relics of the Count Giovanni Valguarnera.
Assoro also has some interesting
secular buildings such as Palazzo Valguarnera, that connects, through
a pointed archway, with the Mother Church. The building is in a
Catalan style with richly ornamented balconies.
A charming wood is located off town
in the vicinity of the Castello, suitable for relaxing walks and
with amazing vistas on the Etna, the Nebrodi and Madonie Mountains
and the neighboring villages.
Villa Romana Del Casale
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