Top things to do in Piazza Armerina

Ruins in Piazza Armerina

Morgantina

A 16km drive northeast of Piazza Armerina (and a 4km downhill drive from the town of Aidone) lie the noteworthy remains of Morgantina, an ancient Greek settlement. The ancient town's centre is the two-storey agora (…
Carnival in Piazza Armerina

Palio dei Normanni

Piazza Armerina bursts into life from 12 to 14 August, when a medieval pageant celebrates Count Roger's capture of the town from the Moors in 1087. Events kick off with the blessing of the knights on the first day, …
Cathedral in Piazza Armerina

Cathedral

You can spot the dramatically sited dome of the huge cathedral from a few kilometres away. It rises majestically from the hilltop and the terraced houses skirt its base in descending tiers. The severe facade dates f…
Museum in Piazza Armerina

Museo Archeologico di Aidone

This small archaeological museum in Aidone, a 10km drive northeast of Piazza Armerina, is worth a stop on your way to the nearby Greek ruins at Morgantina. The museum collection includes artefacts from the site, and…
Gallery in Piazza Armerina

Pinacoteca Comunale

Piazza Armerina's small, slick public art gallery showcases mostly local artwork from the 15th to 19th centuries, including altarpieces and frescoes from long-gone churches and works by renowned local painter Giusep…
Modern Sicilian in Piazza Armerina

Al Fogher

This is one of central Sicily's top restaurants, serving sophisticated modern cuisine to a demanding and appreciative clientele. It's about 3km out of town, but your journey is rewarded with dishes such as suckling …
Museum in Piazza Armerina

Casa Museo del Contadino

A labour of love for its founder, Mario Albanese, this small but meticulously detailed ethnographic museum recreates a typical Sicilian peasant house of the 19th century. Mario's knowledge of the museum's artefacts …
Trattoria in Piazza Armerina

Da Totò

Don't let the stark white lights and bland decor put you off, this popular, affable trattoria serves excellent value-for-money food. Antipasti are of the ham, cheese and grilled veg variety, while pastas are matched…
Church in Piazza Armerina

Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista

Founded in the 14th century, the current Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista dates back to the 18th century. Its interior is lavished with the glorious, vivid brush strokes of Dutch painter Guglielmo Borremans (1670–…
Trattoria in Piazza Armerina

Amici Miei

Exposed stone walls, low wooden ceiling, wine racks and a wood-fired pizza oven set a snug vibe at this local favourite. Admittedly, the pasta dishes are little hit and miss; opt for the antipasti and pizzas instead…