About Piazza Armerina
Completed in the 4th Century the imperial villa was originally owned by Dioletian's co-Emperor Maximinium and later occupied by the Norman Kings. It is magnificently preserved mosaics - including the famous "bikini girls" make this treasure a site not to be missed. The centre of Piazza Armerina is domninated by its 13 Century cathedral and surrounding the central piazza is the 18th Century Palazzo di Citta and the baroque church of San Rocco.
Close to Piazza Armerina is the pretty town of Enna. Largely medieval Enna is in the very centre of Sicily perched 930 metres high with far-reaching views of surrounding almond and olive groves all the way to Mount Etna. With its easy links to Palermo, Cefalu and Catania it is a great place to stop en route for lunch.
An hour south of Piazza Armerina will bring you to Caltagirone famous for its ancient and modern ceramics. The streets are lined with workshops and galleries and its most spectacular feature is La Scala, a majolica-tiled stairway of 142 steps sweeping from the Piazza del Municipo up to the 18th century church of Santa Maria del Monte. There is also a ceramics museum housed in the public gardens.