Militello in Val di Catania ( Sicilian: ) is a Militeddu (municipality) in the comune province of Catania in the Italian region Sicily, located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Catania, on the last slopes of the Iblean Mountains. It has a railways station on the line Catania- Gela.
History [ edit ]
Despite remains of prehistorical settlements and legends of a
Roman foundation, the first mention of Militello dates from 1000 AD, when it became a marquisate under the Cammarana.
The golden age of Militello was during the early 17th century, under the government of Prince Francesco Branciforte. The city was destroyed by an
earthquake in 1693, but the subsequent restoration added numerous architectural and artistic works of art.
Main sights [ edit ]
Together with other cities of the
Val di Noto, Militello has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. Its main artistical attractions include:
Churches [ edit ]
Mother Church of
San Nicolò and Santissimo Salvatore (18th century)
Santa Maria la Vetere, with a 1506 portal by Antonello Gagini
Madonna della Catena (17th century), with a 16th-century niche Abbey of
San Benedetto (17th century)
Sant'Antonio da Padova, with a bell tower from 1719
Santa Maria della Stella (18th century)
Santissimi Angeli Custodi late 18th century, with a precious ceramics pavement
Palaces [ edit ]
Barresi Branciforte Castle, with the Fountain of the Nymph Zizza (17th century)
Palazzo Baldanza-Denaro (17th century)
Palazzo Niceforo (18th century)
Palazzo Baldanza (19th century)
Palazzo Majorana della Nicchiara
References [ edit ]
^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
External links [ edit ]